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- n. Flesh from the belly of a tuna, which is prepared in oil and served as food.
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Add to that French cornichons, excellent virgin olive oils from Spain, Italy, France and Greece, and an endless variety of commercial salad dressings including several types of "Ranch", great capers, canned ventresca de tuna, anchovies, etc.
The very best tuna is ventresca, made only from the belly of the tuna and packed in extra virgin olive oil.
Look for a premium canned tuna packed in olive oil, ideally ventresca pages 14-15, not the flavorless tuna packed in water.
Pliny tells us that the Romans prized the fatty belly the modern Italian ventresca and neck the most, as do the Japanese today.
In his second reign, when he is painted almost as a monster, Rienzi travea una ventresca tonna trionfale, a modo de uno Abbate Asiano, or Asinino, (l.iii. c.