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Spanish Tuna (Canned) Anywhere?

lightstays Feb 13, 2009 05:00 PM

Can anyone recommend where I might find Spanish tuna--or really anything that swims in the Mediterranean--but the real stuff, canned with real olive oil...I'll settle for Portugese or Italian in a pinch but prefer Spanish.

I can't do this Starkist crap anymore.


  1. erica Jun 8, 2010 02:31 PM

    Fans of ventresca might be interested to learn of a great price on As Do Mar being offered by the Associated on Second Avenue/49th st. $3.99 per can. Expiration at the end of 2010.

    1. 2slices Mar 25, 2010 08:52 AM

      Despaña on Grand near lafayette. LOVE this store, big selection of canned goods, olive oil, tapenade, sardines, fish, octopus etc etc. Also a big meat and cheese selection and a good sandwich bar.


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        lightstays Feb 18, 2009 12:37 PM

        thanks all, I will start the hunt this weekend and report back. In terms, of uses, newfoodie, the possibilities are endless. A traditional Catalan approach would be a 500 mg jar (whatever that is in ounces) on new lettuce, with some vinaigrette carrots, garbanzos, pine nuts, some green pepper and ground black pepper. Follow with a dry white and life is good.

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        1. re: lightstays
          Maribel Feb 18, 2009 06:02 PM

          The very highest quality brand from Spain that you'll find is Ortiz, "bonito del norte" from Ondarroa, Vizcaya.

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          mattv Feb 16, 2009 04:05 PM

          Garden of Eden

          1. chowdom Feb 15, 2009 12:53 PM

            chefswarehouse.com, great wholesale prices if you can pick up a case at their Bronx location. They used to carry Spanish tuna but it looks like they currently only have Italian.If you go to the website click miscellaneous under seafood. In a pinch try progresso solid light in olive oil, it's surprisingly good better than some of the imports I have had.

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              shortstop Feb 15, 2009 07:13 AM

              Wild Edibles in GCT carries Flott Ventresca (Italy) @ $12.99/tin. And they have other cuts for less, their "Solid Light" in olive oil is $3.99/can.

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                RCC Feb 15, 2009 07:53 AM

                Cierello meat shop, also in GCT, has them.

                1. re: shortstop
                  erica Feb 15, 2009 10:29 AM

                  What size can are you talking about for the Flott? They are good, but I think Ortiz is a higher quality. But I am not a tuna authority! Perhaps a lunatic, since I cram my bags with tuna cans and jars whenever I return from Spain or Italy.

                2. erica Feb 14, 2009 11:47 AM

                  My local fish market sells the Ortiz Ventresca (red elongated can) for $12 which I think is a good price.

                  Pisacane on First Avenue and 52nd Street.

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                    pbjluver Feb 13, 2009 07:44 PM


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                      RCC Feb 13, 2009 06:37 PM

                      Dean & Delucca at Soho.
                      Amish Market at 44th, between 2nd and 4d.

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                        Saddleoflamb Feb 13, 2009 05:41 PM

                        Despana aussi

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                          kobetobiko Feb 13, 2009 06:41 PM

                          Second Despana.

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                            guttergourmet Feb 17, 2009 07:38 AM

                            Third Despana.

                            1. re: guttergourmet
                              Peter Cherches Mar 24, 2010 11:03 AM

                              Yeah, I'd have to assume that's a best bet. If you find yourself in Park Slope, D'Vine Taste on 7th & Garfield carries several Spanish tunas, both in glass jars and cans.


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                          Saddleoflamb Feb 13, 2009 05:31 PM

                          Whole Paycheck usually carries a wide variety....or go online to Zingermans...out of Ann Arbor.

                          1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 13, 2009 05:11 PM

                            Buon Italia and Citarella both carry premium canned tuna in olive oil, and Buon Italia also has Ventresca, which is tuna belly (a.k.a. toro if you're a sushi eater).

                            Buon Italia
                            75 Ninth Avenue
                            New York, NY 10011

                            2135 Broadway
                            New York, NY 10023

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