Fabio Trabocchi is the chef behind a growing Italian empire in D.C., and we recently made him a very happy man. During his visit to the Test Kitchen, we shared with him our treasure trove of oil-slicked sardines, paprika-dusted octopus and other canned seafood.
The goods came from Maiden Lane, a New York wine bar that also happens to carry an excellent selection of tinned fish. Here are our collective favorites after our afternoon of tasting:
② Ramón Peña Cockles in Brine ($45)
The respected 90-year-old company gets its plump cockles from the Galician region of Spain.
③ Conservas de Cambados Razor Clams ($15)
These Spanish clams are harvested off of western Spain and carefully hand-packed in oil.
④ Ramón Peña Octopus in Paprika Sauce ($12)
On the lower end of Ramón Peña's wares, tender hunks of octopus get a hit of heat from paprika.
⑤ Santa Catarina Tuna Fillets in Organic Olive Oil ($9)
Awarded the most sustainable canned tuna in the world by Greenpeace, these fleshy skipjack fillets from the Azores islands were a hit.
⑥ Jacques Gonidec Sardines in Onion Sauce ($9)
These sardines from the multigenerational Gonidec family in Concarneau, France, are an easy swap for Trabocchi's pasta.
⑦ Jose Gourmet Mackerel Fillets in Olive Oil ($12)
Portuguese illustrators are commissioned to design each box for these masterfully preserved fish.
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