Belcourt Avenue is a long way from the ocean, or from Italy, but that's all the more reason for Corrado Savarino to celebrate the holidays with the traditional Italian Feast of Seven Fishes.
Alleged to be a tribute to the seven sacraments (baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, holy orders, matrimony and the anointing of the sick), the meal comprises seven courses, nearly always including baccala
and a pasta.
Savarino says his feast will feature the restaurant's fra diavolo
pasta with shrimp and scallops, a stew of baccala and potatoes, and a stuffed scaccia
(think calzone) stuffed with baccala. "It's like a pizza from Sicily before those [guys] in Naples left it open face," he explains.
What other surprises? Perhaps squid, perhaps fin fish. The maritime meal is set for December 13, so the menu may still be under construction.
Call 460-9878 soon if you'd like to reserve a spot, because Savarino is also catering an off-site gathering that night, so he's looking to firm up the number.