4 Feasts of the Seven Fishes to Hit This Week
From Conshohocken to Chestnut Hill and from Downingtown to Philadelphia.
Feast. We like the sound of that! We’re big fans of the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes—after all, when else do you have a verifiable reason to eat so many delicious fish dishes? If you’re looking for a way to celebrate, take our advice and check out the offerings at these four area restaurants:
Mica: On Christmas Eve, Mica in Chestnut Hill will be going all out with a festive five-course meal, plus dessert. Spins on traditional favorites include cuttlefish confit with grilled fennel, allium and whipped garlic; striped bass anointed with celeriac, braised kale, leek and lemongrass emulsion; and lobster accompanied by sweet potato, cardamom and yuzu nage. You can find the whole menu here. The Seven Fishes dinner is offered for $65 per person, with optional wine pairings an additional $40. 8609 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, (267) 335-3912, www.micarestaurant.com.
Amani's BYOB: The prix fixe eight-course Feast of the Seven Fishes menu at Downingtown’s Amani’s BYOB kicks off with baked stuffed Blue Point oysters with aged Parmesan, parsley, garlic butter and panko; makes its way through six more courses, including baccalà salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette and fritto misto (calamari, Gulf shrimp and smelts drizzled with a Meyer lemon anchovy aioli, atop stewed tomato confit); and ends with a sweet Italian-style treat: mini cannoli bursting with ricotta filling and paired with chocolate, pistachio and blackberry Cabernet sorbet. The final dates to indulge in the $65 menu are Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23. 105 East Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 237-8179, www.amanisbyob.com.
Pepperoncini Conshohocken: Enjoy the feast in the comfort of your own home, without the cooking! Pepperoncini Conshohocken is offering its Feast of the Seven Fishes menu for you to take home to share with your family and friends. Dishes include baccalà (red or white), fried smelts, flounder Francaise, stuffed flounder with spinach & crabmeat and sauteed calamari (red) with potatoes, sold by the pound; lobster ravioli, shrimp cocktail, shrimp Pepperoncini, crab bites, baked clams and scallops with bacon, sold by the dozen; and crab cakes, sold individually. The menu is available for pickup only from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Place your orders by phone by the end of the day today! 72 Poplar Street, Conshohocken, (610) 941-7783, www.pepperoncinirestaurant.com.
Davio's Philadelphia: Join Davio’s Philadelphia on Christmas Eve from 5–11 p.m. to indulge in the restaurant’s Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. The three-course pre-fixe meal, prepared by executive chef Chris Tavares, will be offered in addition to the à la carte menu. Prepare to be amazed by Tavares’ take on Nantucket bay scallops, with blood orange Prosecco and sea salt; zuppa di pesce antipasto, featuring shrimp, clams, octopus, white beans, kale and spicy tomato; lobster risotto with asparagus and sherry cream; and seared branzino with lump crab, leeks and creamy potatoes. $65 per person; reservations are recommended. 111 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, (215) 563-4810, www.davios.com/phil.