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LEOFONT Dec 10, 2009 04:52 PM

Im looking for an Italian restaurant that serves the traditional Italian Christmas Eve fish dinner, anywhere in NJ.................

  1. njfoodies Dec 11, 2009 03:44 AM

    I don't know if they are doing it this year, but in the past, Marcello's in Bordentown has done it. Worth giving them a call to see if they are doing it again this year. I haven't seen a sign up yet this year for it, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are doing it again. -mJ

    1. Angelina Dec 11, 2009 03:48 AM

      I keep getting emails from rallo's in Deal.

      http://www.rallosbar.com/weeklyspecia...

      You might have to call because the website does not have it posted. (I beleive it is on Xmas eve...sorry, I never fully read the emails!

      )

      Merry Christmas!

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        johnpm Dec 11, 2009 04:09 AM

        Joe Palombo's Mirabella Cafe (BYOB) in Cherry Hill does the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve.
        http://www.mirabellacafe.com/

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          cranrob Dec 11, 2009 07:45 AM

          Tre Piani posted this to Twitter yesterday:
          Calling all Italians. Feast of 7fishes for Christmas Eve at Tre Piani. Holiday music and amazing food. http://bit.ly/7ZIMbq

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            CompareFranco Dec 11, 2009 10:50 AM

            Orvieto on Main St in downtown Flemington (908-788-0119; no website). They've been doing Feast of the 7 Fishes dinner since they relocated their place from Little Italy in lower Manhattan to Flemington almost 20 years ago. Their Feast is kind of a hidden gem outside of the area but has gathered a 5 Nonna ratings from old Italians (an old Italian is one older than me!)

            Max's 31 (on Route 31 just north of Flemington 908-782-5999; www.maxs31.com) is offering a take out 7 Fishes Feast.

            Owners of both restaurants are old school Italians. I believe that Orvieto was either the first or one of the first restaurants in NJ to offer the Feast of the 7 Fishes dinner. This might be Max's first foray into it. Buon Natale!

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            1. re: CompareFranco
              ambrose Dec 11, 2009 01:45 PM

              On the web site, it says that Max has been "proclaimed by many to be the best chef in New Jersey". Wow, who knew? I'm afraid my two visits to Max's were both huge disappointments. The first time, I had pizza and while it looked wonderful it turned out to be undercooked. They took it back and when it reappeared it was overcooked! The second time I went with a group and the unanimous decision was that we would not return. Portions were huge but the dishes we had were mediocre at best. We had previously been to Bensi's in Whitehouse and felt it was better! I have to say, however, that on both occasions the service was very good.

              The web site also mentions that Max's offers a "drug reps menu", which must be interesting.

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                CompareFranco Dec 13, 2009 07:25 AM

                Max's 31 to near the Hunterdon Medical Center. There are a half dozen medical office buildings around the HMC complex. Drug company sales folks regularly supply a catered lunch to office staff while they pitch their meds. Most of the restaurants - as well as Max's - near the medical complex offer drug rep menus.

            2. stack_c Dec 11, 2009 12:15 PM

              We've been going to Jimmy's in Asbury on Christmas Eve for the past 10 years. Although we order A la carte, I'm almost postiive they do the 7 Fishes. Either way its always a fantastic time!

              www.jimmysitalianrestaurant.com

              1405 Asbury Avenue
              Asbury Park, NJ 07712-5701
              (732) 774-5051

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                dianatr Dec 15, 2009 05:21 AM

                Jimmy's is a great place for Christmas Eve but they do not serve "The Feast."

              2. sockii Dec 23, 2009 01:51 PM

                I won't say it's gourmet, but Italian Affair in Glassboro does the 7 Fishes every Christmas Eve...my extended family started them on it as we rent out their private room for our 50+ people and it was so popular they now offer it on the regular menu for other customers as well.

                Typically it's baccala, mussels & clams in red sauce, shrimp & scallops in white sauce, breaded flounder, stuffed calamari, and pasta with seafood sauce. Something like that, at least. Pretty much a "red gravy" meal, but that side of the family that's more Southern Italian than I love it (I'm Northern so it ain't entirely my bag, but they do a decent job of it.)

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                  maryanne06 Dec 24, 2010 08:09 AM

                  Don't ever overlook Castalia's on McBride Avenue in West Paterson.......wonderful Christmas Eve feast and BYOB as well. Merry Christmas!

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                  997 McBride Ave, West Paterson, NJ 07424

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