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San Marzano Tomatoes in OC

mrpeccator Jan 2, 2008 09:58 PM

Where can I find these without having to trek to the boondocks? (I'm in central OC) It shouldn't be hard, but I'm clueless.

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    sel RE: mrpeccator Jan 2, 2008 10:00 PM

    If you can, try Costco.

    1. Das Ubergeek RE: mrpeccator Jan 3, 2008 06:13 AM

      Central OC: Claro's in Tustin (on Main Street just off Newport Blvd.), or Cortina's in Anaheim, on Orange just east of Brookhurst.

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        hungerpains RE: mrpeccator Jan 3, 2008 02:30 PM

        I bought them at Gelson's Market in Newport Beach a couple of years ago. Give them a call but I would be suprised if they didn't have them.

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          Sarsa RE: mrpeccator Jan 3, 2008 04:41 PM

          I assume you are asking about canned ones and any italian market/deli should have them. Gelsen's,Whole Foods, and Bristol Farms has them too. Costco does NOT.

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            sel RE: Sarsa Jan 3, 2008 08:07 PM

            The 3-pack of 28 oz. cans that I picked up at Costco are labeled "Napoletano San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes of area Sarnese - Nocerino D.O.P. With Basil leaf" and have the 3 official seals and each can has a unique serial number.

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              Sarsa RE: sel Jan 4, 2008 07:51 AM

              wow thats great. I was wrong, I hope my local Costco has em also.
              Thanks for the clarification :-)

              I bought my last ones from Claro's @ $2.29 per 28 oz can-Carmelina 'e...San Marzano. The sales person said they import this brand and thats why they were half the price of the other brands they carry...

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            TravelPath RE: mrpeccator Jan 3, 2008 10:09 PM

            Amazing as it might be...most Ralphs carry them in the canned tomato section!

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              BBQ101 RE: mrpeccator Jan 4, 2008 06:32 AM

              I think the company that canned the tomatoes is equally as important as the tomato being from the San Marzano region. I like La Valle, any italinan deli/store should carry or they are available online.

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                will47 RE: BBQ101 Jan 6, 2008 02:03 PM

                A lot of "San Marzano" tomatoes aren't actually from the region, or even from Italy in some cases. Tomatoes from that region will have a "DOP" stamp, so if you're looking for authentic canned tomatoes that are /from/ there, read the label carefully. In particular, I believe the "San Marzano" brand that Whole Foods features (white container) is from the US.

                That said, I think the non-DOP "Cento" brand ones are pretty good.

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                Kaisgraham RE: mrpeccator Jan 6, 2008 05:13 PM

                The least expensive ones I've found at Wholesome Choice (corner of Culver and Michelson in Irvine). Last week they had the whole, crushed and diced. They are too expensive at Bristol Farms.

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                  maudies5 RE: Kaisgraham Jan 6, 2008 07:15 PM

                  Drive to Santa Monica to Guidi Marcello. You'll find the best tomatoes.

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