There are some great things about being Italian. For example, if you wanted to spend a month researching your familial roots, you’d be able to do it in Italy, and Italy is warm and beautiful and inviting.
And then there’s the food. Oh, the food! There’s a reason there are Italian restaurants everywhere and not, say, Scottish restaurants. That’s because Scottish cuisine is based on a dare, and Italian food is delicious.
Seriously, where would you be without pizza?
There’s one killer Italian culinary tradition that makes whatever you usually do on Christmas Eve look like a scene from Christmas Vacation. We’re talking about the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Now, if you’re not Italian, you may have heard of this tradition with a certain amount of jealousy. Italian-Americans gather together their entire families — and, when it comes to Italian-Americans, that’s sometimes a very large number of people — and they gorge themselves on all of the seafood within reach.
We caught up with some of the paisans on the Brew Crew to find out what their traditions are, and we tasked our Head Chef JP Thomas with pairing some of his best seafood creations with our favorite CMBC brews.