Morello Bistro, a Greenwich Avenue favorite, offers Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve specials and “Sangria Inverno,” a new winter cocktail.
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Morello Executive Chef Kevin Garcia will offer holiday-inspired special menus in addition to his popular a la carte menu. Morello will offer a traditional Italian “Feast of Seven Fishes,” on Christmas Eve and an exquisite a la carte specials for New Year’s Eve.
Nothing brings family and friends together like the warmth of Italian tradition and great food, especially during the holiday season.
Morello’s Christmas Eve “Feast of Seven Fishes” consists of seven fish in four courses, including red snapper, tuna and salmon crudo, stewed mussels and clams, risotto with Maine lobster, and Dover sole. Guests can choose to order the four course menu for $79 per person, or select items a la carte.
“At Morello, our specialty is rustic Italian cuisine with a modern flare. We wanted to keep with Italian tradition for our Christmas Eve menu and delight guests with a variety of specially prepared seafood offerings,” said Executive Chef Kevin Garcia. Christmas Eve seating is 4:00 to 9:00 pm.
Originating in southern Italy , the “Feast of Seven Fishes,” also known as “The Vigil,” is an Italian-American custom. The lengthy tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve follows the religious tradition of abstaining from eating milk and meat products during holy periods.
Looking for a place to ring in the New Year, long no further than the stylish and energized setting of Morello, where guests will dine under the dramatic Guastavino tiled arches and vaulted ceilings, decorated with party balloons and favors. Chef Kevin Garcia has planned elegant holiday specials featuring high-quality ingredients, which will be offered a la carte, in addition to Morello’s traditional Italian menu. These offerings include:
- Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, Grilled head-on shrimp cocktail
- Pasta Course: Spaghetti with braised octopus and bone marrow, Risotto with white truffle
- Main Course: King crab legs with fingerling potatoes and grilled artichokes, Veal chop with Jerusalem artichokes and mushrooms, Prime-aged rib eye steak for two
- Desserts: Roasted vanilla pineapple with zabaglione, Dark chocolate torta with espresso caramel
“The risotto with white truffle is one of my favorite dishes and is a decadent treat for guests who are out celebrating the New Year,” Chef Garcia added. New Year’s Eve seating is 4:00 to 10:30pm with a Prosecco toast at midnight.
This winter try one of Morello’s newest signature cocktails, “Sangria Inverno,” made with sparkling wine, Pinot Grigio, Solerno, fresh rosemary, fresh pomegranate, sliced orange and lemon, garnished with a sprig of rosemary and pomegranate seed. During Morello’s happy hour, 4:30 to 6:30pm on weekdays, guests receive their second drink on the house.
“We wanted to reinvent Sangria, a popular summer drink, for the colder weather. ‘Sangria Inverno’ is Italian for ‘Winter Sangria.’ This is a fun, festive cocktail with simple, seasonal ingredients like pomegranates and oranges,” said Jimmy Branigan, general manager of Morello.
Morello Italian Bistro
253 Greenwich Avenue
Reservations are recommended for both occasions and can be made by calling Morello at (203) 661-3443.