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Jul 13, 2000 05:59 PM

pan bagna incident

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I recently ordered a pan bagna sandwich at Cafe La Fontaine (Bond St.? and Bowery). I had read the menu description, which listed "tuna" as an ingredient. Imagine my shock and disappointment when the PB was found to contain LIGHT tuna, not the white i was expecting. I took one bite, but, despite being really, really hungry, decided not to eat something that contained light tuna, which i don't eat. So i need to know: Is PB traditionally made with light tuna?

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  1. I don't mean to be ignorant but what's
    the problem with light tuna?

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    1. re: christina z

      I've been asking myself the same question since I first read the post. The only thing I could think of is that some tuna is more likely to be caught in nets that also endanger dolphins. Nevertheless, I 'm curious as to the correct answer as I would expect a good pan bagna to be made with tuna packed in olive oil and I don't think I've seen white tuna packed in olive oil.

      1. re: christina z

        Thanks for your comment, but the problem with light tuna is that it's way inferior to white. As a result, it's much cheaper. (I know there are other light-haters out there. They're just too cool to get involved in this). If light were the only tuna available, Bumble Bee stock would be about 2 cents/share. I guess it's just a matter of taste, but i still think that the menu should have specified "light". Then i never would have ordered it and there would've been no problem. Anyway, while i'm at it, i still have a few gripes against Cafe La Fontaine: 1. When i sat down, the previous customer's unused knife, fork, and napkin was on the table. It was never cleared away. (Am i wrong about this?); 2. A fancy-looking bottle of water was put down, but just had plain old tap water in it. Is this a common practice?; 3. After i had pushed my plate to the far side of the table (my not-so-subtle hint that there was a problem), waiting for the waitress to come over and ask if anything was wrong, she never approached me, even though she passed my table four times. (This is a hole-in-the-wall place with only 6-8 tables, so it's not like she didn't notice).; 4. I was asked 2x if i wanted anchovies (yes), but they were nowhere to be found on the PB (unless they were hiding on the bottom); 5. There was one table outside about 15 feet from a nice pile of bagged garbage (and it was occupied). So even if i were a light tuna fan, i'd cross CLF off my list.

      2. ive had it w/ light tuna's fine......maybe you should make it the way you like home