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Dec 10, 2009 04:52 PM

Italian Christmas

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

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  1. 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. I keep getting emails from rallo's in Deal.

      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!

      1. Joe Palombo's Mirabella Cafe (BYOB) in Cherry Hill does the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve.

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

          1. 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; 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

              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.

              1. re: ambrose

                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.