Marks & Spencer
The best quality tuna.
Ventresca is the most highly prized tuna in the world. It is, in fact, the belly of the fish and is the most succulent and tender tuna with a delicate flavour. I always buy it when I go to Italy but I have now found it in the world foods section of M&S. The albacore tuna itself is caught by a pole and line, which helps to protect its taste and texture, which can be damaged by net fishing. It also comes from a fishery, which has been certified for sustainable harvesting.
The ventresca is packed in extra virgin olive oil, which you can then use for a salad dressing. The cans are small, and cost double the price of the jars of tuna loins, which sit alongside them in M&S, so if you are catering for a large group buy the jars. But I make no apology, however, of the price of ventresca, as this is the finest tuna you can buy.
Elizabeth David in Italian Food wrote “ The choice part of the fish is the stomach which is very tender and of an appetising creamy-pink colour. For a salad one must always ask for ventresca”.
And, of course, the salad of the summer (well for me) is Salade Nicoise – that lovely dish of lettuce, green beans, ripe tomatoes, boiled eggs, anchovies, olives, new potatoes, basil and, the key to it all, tuna - dressed in a lovely vinaigrette. You can click here to get Delia’s great recipe. But whatever you do, make sure you place the ventresca on top as the centrepiece.
Try this great delicacy.
Ventresca tuna fillets (115g)
Marks and Spencer (world foods section)
Marks and Spencer
Tel: 0333 014 8000
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