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