My teen years took place in the 70's , when dinner was often some form of ground beef. Biggest reasons were that it was versatile and dirt cheap ( often as little as 45 cents per pound). It was an innocent time before the full impact of the cholesterol /red meat bad/eggs and butter evil errors took over the kitchen. Tofu was unknown and yogurt was some weird food eaten by College Co-eds. In short, food often had actual taste. Most foods that is. One food struck horror into the hearts of many a child, and it was called "that yucky fish tuna". Made into sandwich fillings, casseroles and the brunt of a running joke on one sitcom
It's a sad thing that Julie never learned about this dish, or fate could have been different for her. Where we Americans have been drowning tuna in cream of whatever soup and tossing in noodles like some king of floatation device, the Italians have been taking canned tuna out for a waltz in the moonlight , moving like Fred and Ginger and enjoying the resulting romantic evening. They do a couple of things that make a world of difference to the dish- something we would be wise to take note of.
First thing is to toss the water packed tuna, and reach for cans packed in oil. Olive oil to be exact. Not simply tuna packed in oil because that oil is often cottonseed or dubious vegetable oil, and has as much flavor as the oil you change in your car ( and as many health benefits).
If Horseshack and Epstein show up at your door, shoo them away. However if Vinne shows up you may want to give him a taste and ask his advice on seasoning adjustments, being a good Italian boy he would have been familiar with this dish. Settle back , eat your dish with the knowledge that Julie would have killed for this recipe ! And I bet Epstein would not even have a note to be excused if you invited him for dinner.