Ingredients: Sardines (Sardinus pilchardus), olive oil, chili peppers, salt.
The terms “spiced” and “spicy” are used pretty much interchangeably in the tinned fish world, to mean two different things: with a hot pepper (or hot pepper flavor), and with cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper. There are many examples of both terms being used to mean both things.
We are so frustrated by how widespread this confusing inconsistent usage is that we’ve gone through our entire product line to correct the incorrect ones such that our description of “spiced” or “spicy” will always indicate which it really is, regardless of the packaging. “Spicy” = with hot pepper flavor. “Spiced” = with the cloves/bay/carrot/hot pepper flavors.
jfeyes (verified owner) –
This is the first time the Parodi deenz that I have had were slightly on the mushy side: with that said they were a quality can and the spiciest sardines I have eaten to date. They were delicious and I give them a 4.5!
Jeff (verified owner) –
Upon first opening a tin of these Angelo Parodi spicy sardines I was greeted with a feast for the eyes: three plump sardines with mostly undisturbed smooth and shiny silver skin, swimming in a red/orange pool of oil.
These have a good, semi-firm texture with a slight hint of pepper, similar, though maybe a touch milder than a Nuri spiced sardine. These are delicious on their own, though have enough flavor and texture to hold up to an array of delivery devices (crackers, bread, toast, rice, noodles) and and array of condiments. I think these could easily fit into a regular rotation of good quality and reasonably priced sardines.
fibersides (verified owner) –
Viva Italia! I haven’t had this offering from Angelo Parodi, but I expected some delicious spicy deens and that’s just what I got.
Size 4-5 deens. Pilchards. Great spice (remember they’re supposed to be spiced not spicy), and yet my tongue tingles after crushing this can.
Exactly what I expected from AP. Delightful. Meaty, clean, firm on the fork, and great from the tin or in a recipe. You know what you gotta do… Go getcha some!
Pat Hachey (verified owner) –
I’m a little let down by these ‘dines after having a really positive experience with the boneless skinless. Their biggest flaw is that they are very salty. My
second gripe is the middling presentation. They are still a bit scaly and scraped up. Conversely, the biggest upside, is the spicy oil they’ve absorbed. Flavorful and definitely
has a kick. Texturally they’re flaky and soft but definitely not mushy. If you’re looking for firm ‘dines with a chew, these are not them. Not a bad sardine by any means!
Hream McDan (verified owner) –
4 stars, a perfect representation of “very good.” Ideal texture – not too firm, not too soft, zero dryness. Didn’t fall apart easily when picking up with chopsticks. The oil wasn’t overpowering and let the sardine flavor come through.
On the spice scale, I’d say it’s about a 2 out of 5 … enough to be noticed and to provide some nuance. I haven’t had the Nuri spiced (in olive oil) to directly compare them to, but they’re a half step hotter than Matiz spicy sardines. Salt levels & seasoning was pretty much exactly what I was looking for, I didn’t need/want to add a thing to the tin.
For me, these will be an occasional rebuy for when I want a spicier sardine, at least in a 50/50 split with Matiz spicy. Absolutely hits the mark, especially at $2 cheaper than Nuri spiced. Recommended!
Sarah Voorhees (verified owner) –
My tin had 4 plump and firm sardines, two peppers almost as long as the fish themselves., and a bright orange oil inside.
The fish were easily removed from the tin intact and I served them over warm rice. The flavor of the spice was great with a moderate level of heat that was definitely present but not overpowering. For the price, this is a tin I will definitely be stocking up on in the future.!
Tyler Cundiff (verified owner) –
This tin is in every one of my orders from RTG. Its an affordable, tasty, and has been incredibly consistent. Even though I noticed that the price per tin has gone up, I will continue to buy at least 2 tins in each of my orders. Theyre just a great bang-for-your-buck sardine! Give em a try!
Henry Sielski (verified owner) –
Nice sardines! 5 firm fish, and 2 large (but mild) peppers in the can provided a good lunch experience over rice. Not as spicious (or spicy) as the Nuri (which I prefer), but a good value tin. Will probably buy again as a less expensive alternative to Nuri.