Piedmontese Elegance: Vitello Tonnato

Embark on a culinary escapade with "Piedmontese Elegance: Vitello Tonnato," a dish that artfully combines the tender, delicate slices of cold veal with a creamy, savory tuna sauce. 

This dish is a refreshing balance of meatiness from the veal and a sea-breeze hint from the tuna, capers, and lemon. 

The veal, poached to perfection, is thinly sliced and draped with a tuna sauce made from puréed tuna, mayonnaise, anchovies, and capers, finished with a squeeze of lemon for brightness.

Piedmontese Elegance: Vitello Tonnato

Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours (includes cooling time)


  • Number of Servings: 6
  • Ideal Serving Size: 3-4 slices of veal per person

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: Approximately 350 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 25g (varies with the choice of mayonnaise and tuna)


  • Veal (top round): 1kg
  • Tuna in olive oil (drained): 200g
  • Mayonnaise: 150g
  • Anchovy fillets: 4
  • Capers: 30g
  • Lemon juice: 20ml
  • White wine: 500ml
  • Onion: 1 (quartered)
  • Carrot: 1 (chopped)
  • Celery stalk: 1 (chopped)
  • Salt and Pepper: to taste

Method of Preparation

  • Poach the veal in white wine, water, onion, carrot, celery, salt, and pepper until tender.
  • Cool the veal in the cooking liquid to absorb flavors, then slice thinly.
  • Blend tuna, mayonnaise, anchovies, capers, and lemon juice for the sauce.
  • Layer the veal slices on a platter, spoon over the sauce, and chill before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Allow the veal to cool in its broth for extra juiciness.
  • If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a few tablespoons of the poaching liquid.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can I use chicken instead of veal? A: Chicken can be used, but the taste and texture will differ from the traditional recipe.
  • Q: How long can I store Vitello Tonnato? A: It can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Serve chilled.