Food - Drink
What Sets Italian Canned Tuna Apart From All Others
By HALDAN KIRSCH
Canned tuna is often the go-to item for a quick snack or an added protein for salad, and higher-quality options are good enough to be enjoyed fresh from the can or with a simple piece of toasted bread. While canned tunas are available worldwide, the best ones come from Italy.
Besides having high-quality tuna harvests, Italy is known to have a unique processing method, where after the large fish are caught and cooked, their meat is then marinated in high-quality olive oil for up to two months. This unique method helps preserve and enhance the fish's flavor by adding additional fats.
Italian tuna is also lower in mercury as tuna makers rarely use albacore tuna with the highest mercury level. The Tonnino brand tuna filets packed in spring water are recommended for those who want a “lighter” flavor and fewer calories while still getting Italy's superior quality tuna.