[mass noun] An Italian dish consisting of roast or poached veal served cold in a tuna and anchovy mayonnaise.
- ‘Blame it on the surroundings, or linguistic stress, or just uncontrollable greed, but before I knew what was happening, my vitello tonnato had vanished without a trace, and the turkey stuffed with olives was not far behind.’
- ‘I normally kick off with the vitello tonnato - thinly sliced veal served cold with tuna aioli - which is a great starter, but this time I went for the classic Caesar salad for €6.50.’
- ‘His vitello tonnato also betrays a sweet tooth, with the addition of apples and raisins.’
- ‘My first appetizer was a sleek, New Age version of vitello tonnato containing a disc of tuna tartare (instead of the usual wet tuna sauce) and a single crisp-fried sweetbread (instead of wet veal).’
- ‘We also tried a Tuscan dish called vitello tonnato, a slice of cold veal with a tuna, mayonnaise and caper sauce.’
Italian, from vitello veal + tonno tuna.