In some cities, including Chicago, Hartford, New York and Philadelphia these events are so numerous that food websites now post roundups of which restaurants are participating. But cookbook author Amy Riolo, who writes about food and culture and whose family hails from Calabria, says it’s possible that the tradition predates Christianity and is rooted more in celebration than in abstinence.
Dean Gold started serving a “Feast of the No Less Than Seven Fish” at Dino, his Washington, D. “Fish was a celebratory food in ancient Egypt,” says Riolo, who writes the blog Dining with Diplomats. The river flooded naturally twice a year and provided them with a bounty of fish.
We just never assigned a number to the meal or called it the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Reduce heat to medium-low if necessary to prevent sauce from spattering or burning.
Return pasta to pot and spoon a generous quantity of sauce—several ladlefuls—over it. Add a splash or two of reserved cooking water to loosen sauce if necessary.
Transfer dressed pasta to a warmed serving bowl or individual bowls and spoon a little more sauce over the top.
Stir in the tuna (with a drizzle of the reserved oil), anchovies, capers and remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.
Cook sauce on medium-low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until it has thickened in consistency and the flavors have come together.