Vesta, the relatively new Italian eatery on 30th Avenue is hosting a "Feast of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve. The celebration--and the eating--begins at noon and lasts until 9pm.
Why seven fishes?
It's actually an Italian custom that started in Southern Italy but spread throughout the entire country. Eating fish is meant to honor the birth of baby Jesus, but the "seven" hasn't been fully explained--some extend the feast up to thirteen dishes!
Here's Vesta's offering - you can opt for a traditional dinner menu or take advantage of a $34.95 prix fixe. The choice is yours...
Prix Fixe Menu - $34.95
Baccala Crostini - Salted cod pate on grilled pane di casa
Calamari & Cracked Wheat
Shrimp & Citrus Horseradish
Octopus & Preserved Lemon
Lobster Ravioli - With chanterelle mushrooms
Pan-roasted Diver Scallops - With asparagus, cipollini onions & walnut pesto
Striped Bass - With faro, eggplant, tomato and kalamata olives
Traditional Dinner Menu - A La Carte
Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup...$5.50
Roasted Red and Yellow Beets - With mixed greens, hazelnuts and goat cheese...$6.95
Lasagna Sunday Dinner Style - With three meat ragu...$12.95
Free-bird Chicken - With roasted breast, asparagus and creamy polenta...$15.95
Pan Roasted Salmon - With warm lentil salad and a prune reduction...$18.50
Bavette Sirloin Steak - With herb roasted potatoes...$18.95
Vesta - 21-02 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue