Rejoice this Christmas with the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the long Italian tradition of eating seafood in celebration on Christmas Eve. Join several Chicago restaurants as they capture the spirit of Italy with family-inspired meals of fish and more. At Osteria Via Stato, the Christmas Eve prix-fixe menu will include shrimp bisque, smoked salmon with mascarpone bruschetta, and lobster and shrimp risotto. The cost will be $48.95 per person.
The feast will also take over The Publican on Dec. 18 when it replaces the regular menu. The five-course meal will consist of bagna cauda with crudité and fried smelt, and pickled shrimp, persimmon and avocado salad with baccala crostini as two of the main dishes, as well as a final dessert course. The cost will be $55 or $70 with beer pairings.
At Hearty Restaurant, enjoy a four-course prix fixe on Christmas Eve. Start with a cioppino of clams, mussels, shrimp, red snapper and fried calamari, followed by a linguine with sardines dish. Pan seared barramundi and bacon-wrapped cod round out the other two courses. The price is $48 per person with an additional $15 for wine pairings.
HB's feast on Dec. 23 will include cod and oyster chowder, white anchovies with golden raisins and almonds, housesmoked whitefish, and shellfish stew with shrimp, mussels and clams. It will be available all night for $49 per person or $89 per couple. Fish Bar will host its celebration on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The menu will have smoked sturgeon terrine, linguine with shrimp and bottarga, baccala, and a gorgonzola dolce dessert. The cost will be $95 per person and include wine pairings.
Over in Evanston, Va Pensiero will be serving a five-course dinner on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. Preceded by some Italian wines, the feast will include skewered mussels with bread crumbs, grilled calamari with orange risotto, and lobster and scallop ragu. So if you are looking for seafood this holiday, finding a meal should be like catching fish in a barrel.
Eater Chicago intern Jeffy Mai contributed to this article.