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A Christmas Eve Seafood Celebration

A Christmas Eve Seafood Celebration

Did you know that the "Feast of the Seven Fishes" is an Italian American tradition that doesn't exist in Italy? Shocking, we know!

Everything started when our southern Italian ancestors were celebrating Christmas Eve with a grand seafood meal, to toast to the abundance of food after a day of fasting — a tradition that is still very much alive in the south of Italy.

After moving to the States many years ago, Italian American families rekindled the old Christmas Eve menu, preparing a seven-course seafood meal (hence the name of the newly found tradition) that both made them feel close to their homes and still celebrated the sea, the big connection to their own country.

This Christmas Eve, join us at Eataly Boston as we celebrate our similarities and differences with a festive prix-fixe dinner for you and yours at Il Pesce, our seafood-centric restaurant. The menu is directed by our chef collaborator, the celebrated Boston restaurateur Barbara Lynch, who brings her local expertise to our Italian tradition.


Available for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity)


Crostini di Baccalà Mantecato
A spread of whipped salt cod on toasted bread


Insalata di Polpo con Patate e Levistico
Octopus salad with lovage and potato

Puntarelle con Acciughe, Noci, e Agrumi grigliati
Puntarelle with anchovy, walnuts, and grilled citrus

Sardine con Pangrattato e Gremolata
Preserved sardines with breadcrumbs and herb gremolata


Ravioli con Aragosta al Burro
Lobster ravioli with dulse butter


Gamberoni Grigliati con Fagioli
Grilled jumbo shrimp with beans


Pesce in Cartoccio con Verdure Invernali
Baked fish with winter vegetables


Panettone Natalizio
Caramelized Amarena cherry panettone, sweet mascarpone, dried fruit compote

Wish it were Christmas Eve already? Book your table! Reservations are now open at Il Pesce on December 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Contact our Guest Relations team to reserve your spot: (617) 807-7300.

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