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Italian Classic: Veal with Tuna Sauce from Piedmont


Italian classic: vitello tonnato, veal with tuna sauce, placed on a fresh made Russian Salad

Unveiling the Culinary Tapestry: Veal with Tuna Sauce from Piedmont.


Nestled in the heart of Piedmont, Italy, is a culinary masterpiece that transcends time: veal with tuna sauce. This iconic dish not only tantalizes the taste buds but also unveils a rich tapestry of socio-anthropological influences that have shaped its journey through the ages.

The roots of veal with tuna sauce can be traced back to the culinary archives of Artusi, a pioneer of Italian gastronomy. A dish that evolved from humble beginnings, its essence lies in the intersection of tradition and innovation.

Socio-Anthropological Significance

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A boneless cut of veal from Piemonte


Beyond its gastronomic allure, veal with tuna sauce reflects the socio-anthropological fabric of Piedmontese culture. This dish is not merely a combination of ingredients; it is a reflection of historical trade routes, societal norms, and the ingenious adaptations that have occurred over centuries.

Allow me to give you more insights.

It should be said that, overall, In the realm of Italian culinary traditions, the preparation and consumption of dishes extend beyond mere gastronomy; in fact they are woven into the socio-anthropological fabric of communities.

The roasted veal with tuna sauce, for istance, deeply rooted in Italian heritage, serves as a culinary narrative reflecting historical, cultural, and social dimensions.

Historically, this dish finds its origins in the intricate web of trade routes that crisscrossed the Mediterranean.

The infusion of tuna, a product of maritime exchanges, into a veal-based recipe is symbolic of Italy’s historical openness to external influences. It embodies a culinary dialogue, a cross-cultural conversation manifesting in the ingredients gracing Italian tables.

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Beyond the historical tapestry, the dish becomes a cultural marker in social gatherings and celebrations.

Its presence at festive occasions symbolizes shared joy and communal bonds. The act of preparing and partaking in this dish becomes a cultural ritual, reinforcing familial ties and social connections.

In this way, food transcends its role as sustenance and becomes a medium through which communities express identity and togetherness.

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Furthermore, the veal with tuna sauce reflects regional diversity within Italy.

Different provinces may have unique variations of the dish, influenced by local ingredients, historical events, and even dialects.

This regional diversity adds layers to the socio-anthropological narrative, illustrating the dynamic interplay between tradition and localized adaptation.

As society evolves, so does the significance of culinary practices. The preparation of this dish becomes a bridge between generations, a tangible link to the past.

Through the act of preserving and passing down recipes, communities ensure the continuity of cultural heritage, creating a sense of continuity and belonging.

In essence, the roasted veal with tuna sauce transcends its role as a culinary delight; it becomes a vessel through which the rich socio-anthropological tapestry of Italy is intricately woven. Each bite tells a story of historical exchanges, cultural celebrations, regional diversity, and the enduring connection between food and community.

Chef Abram’s Interpretation

In the present day, Chef Abram, a maestro of culinary arts, pays homage to the roots of veal with tuna sauce while infusing his own creativity. He captures the essence of tradition while offering a contemporary twist.

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Sliced veal with tuna sauce, Chef Abram style

Ingredients he used:

  • Tender veal cuts, sourced locally to support the community.
  • High-quality tuna, a nod to the historical trade links with the Mediterranean.

More specifically:

  • 700g veal roast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 250g canned tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers,rinsed
  • 200 ml whole milk
  • 120 ml white wine
  • 30 ml olive oil


1. Preheat and Prepare

a. Preheat your oven to 190°C.

b. Season the veal roast with salt and pepper, ensuring an even coating.

2. Roasting the Veal:

a. Place the seasoned veal in a roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil, until it becomes golden brown (like in the picture and video on IG)

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Roasted veal

b. Add tuna, anchovies and capers, until the tuna becomes golden brown;

c. Add wine and milk and reduce to half;

d. Place the veal in the preheated oven and let each side grill for about 8 minutes (16 minutes in total)

e. Meantime, cook 2 medium eggs (boil them in cold water) for about 11 minutes and keep them aside.

f. As soon as the veal is out from the oven, cover it with aluminium and let it rest and cool off for 10/15 minutes before slicing (with slicer or with a sharp kitchen knife for a more bite, like in this presented recipe).

3. Tuna, Capers, Milk, Wine & Hard boiled eggs

a. In a blender, combine all those ingredients, until you achieve a smooth mixture.

4. Adding the Tuna Sauce

Serve your veal with generous spoonfuls of the tuna sauce.

5. Garnish and Serve:

a. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired, for an extra burst of flavor.


This recipe combines the succulence of roasted veal with a unique blend of tuna, capers, milk, hard boiled eggs and wine, creating a flavorful and aromatic dish. Adjust salt and pepper to taste and feel free to experiment with herb garnishes for added freshness.

Enjoy this delightful fusion of flavors in your roasted veal dish.

And please, let us know if you tried the recipe!

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Cheers, everyone!

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Cecilia & Chef Abram. The Gastro teller and the chef wizard 🙂 Plus our new entry: Mr Pacchero the chef and a bottle of Barolo 2001 (we got something very special to celebrate 🍾)

Until the next culinary tale.

Cecilia & Chef Abram