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Sicilian Fish Stew


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1 anchovy fillet
  • 2 pounds of mixed fish such as cod, halibut, or snapper
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian-American tradition whose origins lie in Southern Italy where it is called La Vigilia, or the Vigil. It's celebrated on Christmas Eve and features seven different seafood dishes. To celebrate Christmas Sicilian-style, try this hearty fish stew to keep you warm in the event of a white Christmas.


In a large pot, heat olive oil over a medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic for about 3 to 4 minutes, then sprinkle in parsley and add chopped tomato and anchovy fillet. Stir occasionally for 2 minutes.

Add in water and white wine and bring to a simmer. Add in fish and cook for about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice, if desired.

Pairs Well With: Tifeo Rosato

This delicate, coppery salmon hued Rosé of Nerello Mascalese offers aromas and flavors of just-ripened strawberry, watermelon and tropical fruit. Bright acidity and a refreshing finish make this the perfect wine to pair with light dishes such as seafood stews and pastas, tomato and mozzarella salads, or grilled antipasti

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