I get to do a lot of really cool stuff, this I know for sure. One of the coolest things I’ve done in a while is spend some time in the kitchen with Michelin star chef, Vito Mollica of Il Palagio at The Four Seasons in Florence. I was there filming a three part series all about Fabulous Florence and The Four Seasons Hotel. Christmas in Europe is always spectacular, especially in Italy. That said, I thought I would be remiss if I didn’t ask Vito about the infamous Feast Of The Seven Fishes. Growing up in New York, I always heard Italians talking about this. It’s like a really big deal. But, I was in Italy not Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. I wanted to get it from a master. Now, I’m certainly no chef, more like a takeout queen. But, we are a foodie bunch and everyone knows I love haute cuisine and dining at top restaurants.
Here’s a video of me in and around Florence, including a simplified recipe that incorporates the “seven fishes”, just much easier and more user friendly than that which I am sure Chef Vito is whipping up.
There’s no real recipe, it’s sort of that simple. Just take a small amount of several different types of seafood, season and sauté. While the seafood is sautéing you cook your linguine-and not soft till it tastes like it’s from The Olive Garden, mamma mia!!-. Toss and plate. Just a note, Chef Vito didn’t use one drop of butter, just good olive oil.
I really wish you could’ve seen the part where I asked him about putting cheese on pasta with seafood. It was epic. Eyes all popping out, sweat at the brow. It was great! NO!!!
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I’m so grateful for all the gifts in my life and part of that is you and all your loyal support.
Peace on earth and goodwill to all.
Enjoy the video.