Tomatoes are a must—a versatile and essential pantry ingredient that every Italian has on hand. Whether you're stocking crushed tomatoes or a smooth sauce-ready passata, be sure to select the best, most flavorful tomatoes for all your recipes. True Italian cuisine is defined by using only a few simple quality ingredients and allowing them to shine, and so at DeLallo, we know that every ingredient counts—especially the beloved bright and tangy tomato.
SAN MARZANO TOMATOES
The Prized Italian Beauty
San Marzano tomatoes are simply the best tomatoes in the world. No joke! San Marzanos are known for their fresh sweet and tangy tomato flavor and a superb meaty texture practically made for sauces. Due to their popularity and specialized growing conditions, there are many San Marzano imposters out there, so be sure to look for the D.O.P. (in English, the Protected Designation of Origin) seal on the label.
A certified-D.O.P. (department of protected origin) item, these prized Italian tomatoes are grown in the lush volcanic soil of Mt. Vesuvius. San Marzanos are known for their slender, oblong shape, vibrant red hue and beautiful balance of fresh, sweet and tart flavors. Their delicate, thick flesh contains fewer seeds and less water, making them ideal for simple tomato sauces, where their tremendous flavor can really shine.
D.O.P. Standards for San Marzano
Must be grown of San Marzano seeds in the region near Mt. Vesuvius, specificially the provinces of Naples, Salerno and Avellino, called the Agro Nocerino-Sarnese.
An elongated plum-tomato shape.
A tender and meaty texture with minimal seeds and a skin that is easy to remove.
A fresh tomato flavor that is low in acidity with a balanced bittersweet taste.
Don't Be Fooled!
How to Spot an Authentic San Marzano
The label must state: "Pomodoro S. Marzano dell'Agro Nocerino-Sarnese".
Look for the ID number, assigned by the consortium to that tin, printed on location of the canning.
Look for the D.O.P. seal and the seal of the consortium who regulates the D.O.P.
San Marzano tomatoes must be sold whole, never crushed, diced or pulped.
The body of a San Marzano must always be elongated, a true plum tomato.
OTHER ITALIAN TOMATO FAVORITES
Salerno Tomatoes are our most treasured Italian tomatoes, hand-harvested in the local fields of Salerno, Italy a region known for its lush volcanic soil and sunny growing season, one of three regions where D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes can be grown. Picked at the peak of flavor and packed fresh in their natural juices, DeLallo Salerno Italian Plum Tomatoes are ruby red, irresistibly sweet and bursting with super rich tomato flavor.
In Italy, a great passata is at the heart of homemade soups and pasta sauces. Our authentic, all-natural Passata Rustica is carefully crafted from Italy's prized plum tomatoes, then strained to remove seeds and skins. The resulting purée is velvety smooth with a thick, rustic texture boasting a super rich tomato flavor.
DeLallo Italian Tomatoes are top-quality Italian tomatoes picked at the peak of perfection. A superior ingredient and pantry essential, these bittersweet Italian tomatoes are a great beginning to homemade pasta and pizza sauces, chili, soups and stews.