he neapolitan female eel
At Christmas and on New Year's Eve this is the centrepiece of good southern cuisine in Naples. Pizza with endives, “minestra maritata” (a vegetable and meat broth), “Christmas” broccoli (a salad made with broccoli, peppers and olives), and fried fish: these are just some of the traditional dishes that every Neapolitan finds at his dinner table. But there is one dish that is a stalwart of tradition, an absolute must. It is the female eel, which is eaten fried. The reason for this is superstition. Being very similar to a snake, an animal that represents evil for Christianity, eating it on the day of the birth of Jesus is in fact a symbolic act and a good omen.
Another theory, however, links the tradition of the eel to the desire of those who were not well off to eat a fat and substantial fish.
This delicious delicacy can also be enjoyed in the city's restaurants.
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