Pollastrini di Anzio Spicy Sardines in Olive Oil 4/6


We first explored carrying this brand after seeing several people say they were their favorite spiced sardine. It is a universal complaint in the sardine-loving universe that there are no spicy sardines that are really spicy. These aren’t either, but, they’re among the spiciest of the sardines called spicy.

Ranked #98 on the worldbestfish.com Overall list.

100g (3.5 oz) tin

In stock


Ingredients: sardines (Sardina pilchardus), olive oil, red pepper and salt.

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See what Matthew Carlson has to say about these spiced sardines.

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.


  1. jfeyes (verified owner)

    These sardines were the spiciest one I have had yet: with that said on a heat scale of 1-10, I’ll give ’em a 6.5. They were very tasty and firm but small and loosely packed. I will select elsewhere for $7.50 a tin! High quality sardines if price is not a consideration.

  2. Pat Hachey (verified owner)

    That’s a spicy ‘dine! Love the presentation with the can, love the lasting tingle of the spice here. A little dry at first but subsequent bites were more pleasant. Nice spine texture and salt level as well. Sorry, a little drunk and these were my first pick to crush from the can. I feel bad because I didn’t do them justice right now but highly recommended for anyone looking to throw some pizzazz into their routine.

  3. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Impressive and legit. For whatever reason, I wasn’t expecting greatness here (perhaps because the Pollastrini tomato didn’t blow me away?) … but I was happily wrong. I loved the texture, it’s an ideal blend of firmness with great moisture and flake. Salt levels were perfect, nothing else needed for a room temp eating-from-the-tin experience. The throat burn level surprised me, it’s actually there and notably a 3+ out of 5 on spice.

    In the world of spicy oil sardines, these are one of the best if not possibly my favorite. It might be just as good as the Ferrigno La Bonne Mer Sardines with Organic Pepper and Chili (which I loved). Maybe a little more expensive than I’d have hoped but I walked away feeling like I got what I paid for with this Pollastrini spiced tin. I’ll be ordering it again.

  4. twa101 (verified owner)

    Five smaller sardines loosely packed in a darker colored oil that had a slight orange tint to it. A very nice deen scent. They were able to stay mostly intact getting them out of the tin, but all of the tails had already fallen off. There were six tiny chiles in this tin which got my attention as I like heat. These were love at first bite. Soft, moist, but still with some chew. Really well seasoned with salt and the chile flavor. Gives a bit of a tingle on your lips, tongue and throat that will linger. The oil is very silky, unctuous, and lush. I drank it straight from the tin and regret nothing. Not a thing. Do not waste this oil. At least save it for a dressing or to sauté something later. Yes, you will wish that there were more fish in the tin, but you won’t feel cheated on value. You will feel bad that you only bought one tin. There’s nothing complex here, just a good and simple tin with great ingredients and a balanced flavor. Not pretty, but lip smacking. I wouldn’t recommend these for making a spiffy, composed plate. However, if you want something to really enjoy straight from the tin with a chunk of bread for mopping and a good drink, this is your tin.

  5. Matt (verified owner)

    Forward flavor and spice! Fish is nice and firm. Definitely agree with the other reviewer about saving the oil for a dressing or marinade even. Great tin for the price.

  6. Lawrence Kalinowski (verified owner)

    i was looking forward to these. recommended to me.

    loved them. yummy salty umami. great spiciness. clean tasting. firm small fish.

    glad i bought two.

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