Italian Style Tuna Sandwich

  • Yield : 2
  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Ready In : 5m
Related Recipes:
  • High Protein & Fiber Turkey & Mushroom Tomato Sauce

  • 30 Minute Meatball And Pasta Soup

  • Creamy Pasta And Mushrooms

  • Italian Seasoning

  • Potato Gnocchi

Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

  • Calories from Fat

  • Total Fat

  • Saturated Fat

  • Trans Fat

  • Cholesterol

  • Sodium

  • Carbohydrates

  • Dietary Fiber

  • Sugar

  • Protein

  • Serving Size:

    1 sandwich

I first encounter an Italian Style Tuna Sandwich in 1968 while visiting my relatives in Italy.

Italians typically eat a Continental style breakfast of coffee or tea and a pastry or cookies. For a child raised on eggs and bacon, this new form of breakfast was quite a change, until one day my brother and I stumbled upon an Italian Style Tuna Sandwich. We loved it and it became our goto breakfast during most of the trip.

There was no refrigerator or small cans of tuna. We walked to a nearby grocer to buy two large buns (panino) and 300 grams (10 ounces) of tuna in olive oil. We then walked home to enjoy our tuna sandwich breakfast.

Returning to Phoenix, we discovered this Italian Style Tuna Sandwich was sold at Roma airport. We weren’t the only ones who enjoyed this simple sandwich.

Most canned tuna sold in the United States is in water or vegetable oil.  Some grocers & special stores carry tuna in olive oil.

The choice of bread is your. Adding cheese is optional.

Nutriton Information

Nutrition information includes 1/2 ounce (14 g) of cheese.


  • 5 or 6 oz. (170g) canned light tuna in olive oil, drained
  • 1 medium Roma tomato, diced or 1/4 cup grape or pear tomatoes halved or quartered
  • 4 slices sandwich bread (toast if desired), foccacia or homemade bread
  • Aged provolone cheese, shaved (optional)

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Divide between two sandwiches.