An Italian Tradition on Staten Island, Feast of Seven Fishes

Dec 24, 2018 720

BY: Caitlin Della Rocca

Many Italian-Americans on the Staten Island spent Sunday "fish" shopping. In keeping with the tradition of celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, fish markets across the borough saw their share of customers on Sunday as people prepared for their Christmas Eve feast. Not eating meat on Christmas Eve was a Roman catholic tradition as it was part of awaiting for Jesus' birth and Christmas day. 

Met Food on Victory Boulevard had an extensive array of fish -- from filet to shellfish -- on display on Sunday. The dish isn't limited to just seven dishes -- many people use up to nine different dishes, including scungilli. Scungilli is a type of mollusk or snail that is a popular ingredient in the fish dishes. 

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