The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition celebrated on Christmas Eve. While the menu varies from region to region and family to family, typical items include oysters, shrimp, scallops, and calamari, with the main course typically consisting of a whole roasted fish. Locals who want to honor the tradition this year might want to...

On December 10 and 11, the Hawthorne Pride Alliance Foundation performed “My Big Gay Italian Christmas” the last of the “My Big Gay Italian” series written by Anthony J. Wilkinson. The cast included Hope Foley as Josephine, Thomas Bushnauskas as Victorio Buccatini, Krissy Sciarra as Aunt Toniann, Rob Laub as the weatherman and Officer Gardner, Mary...

One of the main traditions of the Christmas holidays is that of Northern Italy’s Christmas markets. These can be found everywhere in Italy and there are some that stand out for their longevity and beauty. Here you can find artisanal and gastronomic products perfect to gift someone on Christmas. Here a selection of the cutest Christmas markets in No...

Growing up like most kids, I loved Christmas day and opening presents alongside both of my sisters. But unlike most kids, I looked forward to Christmas Eve the most. That’s because like many Italians, we celebrated the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house. I have a lot of fond memories going over to their house on Hu...

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian American holiday tradition where families gather to enjoy a seafood-centric meal that can stretch for hours, usually on Christmas Eve. The ritual is based on the Catholic church’s tradition of fasting from meat on the days before major feast days, like Christmas. Culinary Concepts chef Abel Tirado follows...

The holidays are filled with opportunities to uncork a bottle of Prosecco—a glass of bubbly should always be readily available when celebrating with loved ones. The sparkling wine is an effortlessly elegant beverage perfect for serving at brunch or cocktail parties, alongside petite mouthwatering canapes. While the effervescent drink is a favourite...

In Italy, during the Christmas festivities is customary to prepare traditional recipes and also Christmas desserts. Traditional Italian cuisine has a lot of recipes that change depending on the area of provenance and that are strictly related to the territory, in fact every region has its traditional recipes typical of Christmas time. So, here are...

Here in Philly, the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes — a massive, seafood-packed meal in honor of the holiday — is a well-known and oft-celebrated event for Italian American families. But when he was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1960s and ’70s, Blaise Tobia never heard of it. So, when he came to Philadelphia to work at Drex...

Join us on Sunday, December 19 at 4PM and discover the surprising stories behind our most cherished traditions from Saint Nicholas and the Nativity to candy canes and Christmas stockings. Award-winning author, lecturer and photographer, Carla Gambescia will guide us through the stories behind our holiday festivities! RSVP Here. This event is FREE t...

Can a dish tell a story? Can it bring someone to a special place even if living on the other side of the world? In other words, can you feel you are in Sicily without having to move, not a single step, from London, Berlin or New York?  The answer is yes, absolutely. A dish can do this and many other magic things, especially at Christmas time.And we...