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Christmas Eve: It’s fish all over

Portrait of Santa, Ernie Johnson at Smith Haven

Portrait of Santa, Ernie Johnson at Smith Haven Mall on the evening of December 9, 2009 for Explore Long Island story. (Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara) Photo Credit: Newsday/Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara

It’s an Italian tradition on Christmas Eve to have a feast of seven fishes (or nine, ten, 11, 12 or 13 fishes depending on your family and/or town of origin), and many Long Island restaurants stand at the ready to serve your Yuletide fish needs.

La Pace with Chef Michael (51 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove, 516-671-2970) is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for $55. Appetizers include fried calamari, PEI mussels Posillipo, lobster bisque with baby shrimp and chives; entrees include grilled salmon, gamberoni (big shrimp) scampi, brook trout amandine, whole-wheat pasta with Maine lobster; desserts include pannacotta, warm apple tart and chocolate ganache cake.

Ciao Bella (149 S. Franklin Ave., Valley Stream, 516-568-7411) will be offering an a la carte menu whose selections include bacala Livornese, baked clams, fried calamari, PEI mussels Posillipo (is there a trend here?), linguine with Manila clams, black linguine with shrimp, seafood fra diavolo as well as chef-owner Freddy Samarone’s special stuffed artichokes and stuffed peppers and Samarone’s father’s special ricotta cheesecake.

At Ruvo (63 Broadway, Greenlawn, 631-261-7700 and 105 Wynn Lane, Port Jefferson, 631-476-3800), a la carte selections include oysters Rockefeller, shrimp-and-lump-crabmeat cocktail and seafood salad; entrees, lobster ravioli with champagne-dill dream sauce, zuppa di pesce, Chilean sea bass Livornese and Brazilian lobster tails, clams, mussels and shrimp in tomato-saffon sauce. Dessert: chocolate-nutella torte with espresso crème Anglaise.

Hey Blitzen, have we got time to stop for dinner? Newsday photo / Thomas A. Ferrara 

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