Espinaler Premium Ventresca (Tuna Belly)
This is the crown jewel of all of the tuna conservas. Espinaler's Premium Ventresca is belly tuna (ventresca in Spanish, toro in Japanese) harvested and tinned at the peak of freshness. Rich, buttery, sensual, and supremely addictive. Forget the price tag, this isn't just food—it's an experience that will give you all of the feels of a trip abroad.
What's more, the packaging on this product is also next-level. The artfully designed box reminds us that tinned seafood is not merely about preservation. In countries like Spain and Portugal, a culture of connoisseurship surrounds the industry. Designed to be celebrated right out of the can, this product can be enjoyed as intended, out of doors, exactly as is custom on the coast of Spain and Portugal amongst friends and libations.
Espinaler is a family company with more than 120 years in business, specializing in gourmet canned seafood and other regional products. The company began as a small tavern in Barcelona in 1896. The Tavern was the typical Mediterranean establishment: intimate, cozy, and with a rustic family air, which has been maintained over the years from generation to generation.
Tasting notes: Melt-in-your-mouth texture with a rich, buttery flavor. You may never eat supermarket tuna again.
Serve it up: Like all fine conservas, Espinaler Bonito Ventresca is best served simply: straight from the can, perhaps dressed with fine olive oil and a squeeze of lemon to contrast with the richness of flavor. If you must include an accompaniment, try it atop a simple salad of olives, roasted peppers, and a few small steamed potatoes, but be sure to allow the tuna room to shine, like in our Tuna Belly with Chicago Giardiniera. Additionally, one of the best-known products of the Espinaler family is high-quality vermouth—so we suggest pairing your creation with a glass. You’ll be transported back to the very beginning in Taverna Espinaler.
Harvested: Hook & Line
Source: During the summer months, when they are near the Cantabric sea