Every Christmas Eve, Italians serve seafood. For religious reasons, they do not eat meat on Christmas Eve. Some people refer to this tradition as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. I would say most people make baccala, calamari and octopus. My grandfather used to make fried smelts, and my grandma also made eel. Here’s a sample of what we had this year.
Linguine with squid sauce: