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The Avanzato Feast of Seven Fishes

We were fortunate enough to be invited to our cousins’ house for their Feast of Seven Fishes dinner for Christmas Eve, a traditional meal popular in Italy but translated into modern cuisine by our host and chef,  Diego Avanzato. The pictures speak for themselves but a link below each one leads to a step-by-step pictorial narration for each course. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed eating everything. Mangia and Happy Holidays!
Anchovies, jalapeno, sweet pepper, Italian honey and creme fraiche.
Details and more photos here.

“Italian sushi” – spicy tuna, basil and sesame inside a rigatoni and topped with panko and tamari.
Details and more photos here.

Calamari salad, citrus, capers and celery inside an eggshell.
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Deep-fried smelt, rosemary stem and lemon.
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“Beef or Scallop?” Scallop sous vide in beet juice, potato and olive oil.
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Bronzino, shrimp, rosemary and mushroom drizzled with truffle oil.
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Codfish croquette.
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Clam risotto in a clam shell on a bed of parsley.
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Dungeness crab sauce with spaghetti, backdrop of a crab shell.
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Stone crab claws.

The first of three 2000 Ferrari Perles for the evening.

Azelia’s champion icebox cake.
Recipe soon!

 The chef takes the cake.

7 Fishes Eighth Course: Clam Risotto in a Clamshell

The eight of many courses for the Seven Fishes Dinner.
Clam risotto in a clamshell over a bed of parsley and cheese.

Must begin with clams.
Unfortunately I wasn’t around for the making of the risotto or else I would be making it right now.

Arrange some greens in baskets.

As you can see,

this was not

my favorite!

Amazing clam juice flavor in a risotto with a fantastic presentation.
Hats off to the chef.
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