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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 11/28/2007

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By Erin

Though you may still be recovering from the gluttony of Thanksgiving, December is nearly upon us, which means that it's time to celebrate an Italian feast at a few restaurants and experience Italy at a new spot in Rosslyn. It's also the time for giving at a "Hot" event this Thursday.

Getting Fishy
December is one big gift basket of holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's (also known as the deadline for making tax-deductible donations), solstice and Bodhi Day all pop up in the next month. But for southern Italians and gourmands, the big tradition is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Why seven fishes? There's no definite answer, but the important thing is that it means seven different fish dishes. You can take advantage of the bounty at local restaurants.

At D'Acqua, the eight-course celebration lasts all month long. Beginning on Dec. 1, diners can gorge on pan-fried oysters with black truffles, smoked salmon, octopus salad, tuna and white beans, seared scallops with prosciutto, seafood ragout, monkfish and sfogliatelle. The dinner costs $75 per person and, in case you haven't had your lifelong fill of fish, each diner will receive a jar of housemade fish seasoning.

Dino offers the elaborate Feast menu Dec. 20 through 24. The five courses include Venetian crostini, grilled shrimp and calamari, seafood soup, giant ravioli with scallop or olive-oil poached halibut and a dessert. The meal costs $59 and an additional $27 or $55 with optional wine pairings. There is also a children's menu available.

Vermilion goes all-out with a menu of diver scallops with blood orange, squid with shaved fennel, oysters, spicy shellfish stew, pancetta-wrapped tuna and a chocolate dessert. All courses have wine pairings for this dinner, taking place Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The cost is $105 per person.

Maybe not Italian, but no less fish-focused, Hank's Oyster Bar will celebrate the "Twelve Seafood Dishes of Christmas" at both of its locations. The platter stays true to the Christmas song with 12 New England seafood specialties. Between four and eight people can share 1 cup of ceviche, two jumbo shrimp, three golden scallops, four BBQ oysters, five littleneck clams (yeah, the golden calamari rings check in at nine), 10 fried oysters and a few other delicacies. The whole deal costs $75 and is available all month long.

Red Hot Charity
It's the season for generosity (see above mention of impending deadline for charitable donations), so why not get out of the cold with a sizzling party to benefit Whitman-Walker Clinic? This Thursday, Urbana hosts the Red Hot Night cocktail party from 6 until 8:30 to benefit the nonprofit healthcare provider. A $10 admittance fee gains you vouchers for two specialty red-themed cocktails and unlimited passed hors d'oeuvres. In addition, there will be a silent auction and local author Kelly DiNardo will sign copies of her book "Gilded Lili: Lili St. Cyr and the Striptease Mystique" with $1 from every book benefiting the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

New Around Town
Domaso Trattoria Moderna opened last week in Rosslyn with a menu of new takes on Northern Italian cuisine. The kitchen boasts fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms.

--Erin

By Erin  | November 28, 2007; 11:29 AM ET
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Umm, why didnt you guys mention Eid, the Islamic holiday that will be taking place in December as well?

Posted by: potomac, md | November 28, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Because no one cares about it...

Posted by: American | November 29, 2007 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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