“A tavola non si invecchia”. - Italian proverb (At the table with good friends and family you do not become old).

Sharing authentic Italian recipes entrusted upon me through the privilege of being invited into many Italian homes and kitchen’s abroad. I travel, cook, eat, share, learn and photograph my experiences, a truly soul enriching journey. There are now over 100 recipes on this blog to search from. I am a Melbourne born girl who now resides in Pietrasanta, Italy. Sharing my love for food and all things Italian with you. I am not a professionally trained chef, just a person that really loves cooking and has made my passion my reality! Through talent and drive I now work as a private chef in some of the most prestigious private villa`s here in Tuscany, Italy!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Panino al tonna (tuna sandwich)

This is not a recipe by any means, just one of the most delicious sandwiches that I enjoy often in Italy.  I think that no matter where you travel in Italy you can find a "Panifico" (sandwich bar) on every street corner, and you can certainly find a good quality sandwich at most train stations, bars and coffee shops.  Any-way, I have become "semi famous" in the house that I live in for the way I make a "tonno panino".  My only secret is the brand of tuna that I buy (Rio Mare)and using either homemade bread or buying fresh bread.  You really can not buy the low fat variety of tuna for this as you need the oil to soak into the bread for flavour (tuna in Italian olive oil). Some places make this sandwich solely using tuna and tomatoes, some add a little lettuce and sometimes mayonnaise. Do as the Italian's, and wrap a napkin around the bread to eat and keep your hands crumb free.
What you need (to make one sandwich):
One slice of fresh foccacia (refer to foccacia recipe)
One fresh tomato
A little lettuce
Italian extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper

How to make:
Slightly grill the bread, add tuna first (including the oil from the can), add tomatoes, drizzle a little olive oil, salt and pepper, than add lettuce!
Buon apetito

1 comment:

  1. Yay! Tuna panino! I think this is seriously one of my favorite things ever and I never thought I might say that about a tuna sandwich. But it is just so satisfying. And you really make it best. I wish you could get Rio mare in the States. I am going to hunt around and see if I can find it. I don't know if MB told you, but we saw it in Greece. In any case, I am so excited to see your blog is up. It looks great!