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San Marzano tomatoes

louuuuu May 27, 2008 04:27 AM

Made pomodoro sauce with imported San Marzano tomatoes bought on Arthur Avenue... awesome difference from normal cooked toms. Pure, warm Italian sun!

Anyone know where in lower FFD or Westchester they're available? The real deal ("DOP" on the label, and not "San Marzano Style")

  1. nbermas May 27, 2008 05:25 AM

    What is "DOP" stand for?

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    1. re: nbermas
      southlake May 27, 2008 05:59 AM

      "DOP" stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata....if a bottle of wine or can of tomato has this "quality assurance" label on it........it means that it was produced in a specified region in Italy using defined methods that satisfies a defined quality standard

      1. re: southlake
        dolores May 27, 2008 06:12 AM

        In Mamaroneck, at Cosmo and Alex on Mamaroneck Ave.

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          nbermas May 27, 2008 06:29 AM

          Thanks for the definition, I will look and if I see it I will let you know!

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        Onoodles May 27, 2008 06:32 AM

        If you are a member of Costco, they sell Nina tomatoes from San Marzano. I recently used them and they are excellent. A&S Fine Foods on High Ridge Road in Stamford also carries them. You could also try Enzo's Italian Foods on Hope Street, next to CVS.

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        1. re: Onoodles
          louuuuu May 27, 2008 06:39 AM

          Costco's, I understand are not the authentic (DOP)... the ones actually grown in the volcanic soil of Vesuvius according to government standards.

          In my research, "experts" claim unless DOP, not the same. Or is the difference too subtle to worry about? Guess I'll do my own taste test.

          1. re: louuuuu
            roxlet May 27, 2008 10:09 AM

            An Italian man I know (from Italy), says that the Nina tomatoes are the best, even if not DOP, and he divides the huge cans and freezes the tomatoes in smaller portions. He was waxing lyrical about the "new season" tomatoes -- the ones that are canned right after the harvest. How he knows this, I have know clue! In the past I have used the Nina tomatoes only when I am cooking for a crowd, but maybe I should consider his method...

            1. re: roxlet
              Docsknotinn Jun 2, 2008 05:06 AM

              he divides the huge cans and freezes the tomatoes in smaller portions.
              Now there's a great idea.

        2. rifkind81 May 28, 2008 02:49 PM

          Iron Tomato in WP has several authentic DOP brands of San Marzano tomatoes in various size cans.

          1. momof3 May 28, 2008 05:49 PM

            I just bought some at Morton Willams today. I think they were even on special.

            1. angularbanjo May 29, 2008 03:57 AM

              Just to be sure, I grow my own.

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              1. re: angularbanjo
                roxlet May 29, 2008 05:02 AM

                Yes, but they wouldn't be DOP! San Marzano tomatoes are specific due to the effects volcanic soil on the tomatoes flavor. What you are growing is a San Marzano type -- delicious? yes! But not San Marzano!

                1. re: roxlet
                  scunge May 29, 2008 05:41 AM

                  Where can I buy Nina on Long Island other than Costco?

                  1. re: scunge
                    roxlet May 29, 2008 06:20 AM

                    Costco is the only place I've seen Nina tomatoes, but then I don't shop on LI...

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                      lattelover May 29, 2008 08:35 AM

                      I just saw San Marzanos with the DOP designation at Zeytinia's in Wilton. I forget the brand but they have a lot. I didn't buy any though because they were almost $5 a can.

                      1. re: lattelover
                        louuuuu May 29, 2008 10:01 AM

                        Sclafani DOP are 3.75 for a 28 oz. (not 14) can on Arthur Avenue. About the same price as the internet, but shipping is extra and expensive, cuz those cans are heavy!!!

                        Lotsa good leads here. thanks.

                        Actually, a dollar or so extra seems well worth the real tastable difference, even in these tough times.

                        1. re: louuuuu
                          Dim Sum Diva May 30, 2008 06:42 AM

                          Saw them yesterday at Park Deli on Regent St. in Port Chester, the Sclafani brand DOP, it was either $3.79 or $3.99 for the 28 oz. can.

                          1. re: Dim Sum Diva
                            Wizzapizza May 30, 2008 10:07 AM

                            Any Stop and Shop should have Sclafani San Marzano DOP, as did the White Plains one on Monday, when I bought a can for around 4.50.

                    2. re: scunge
                      coll Jun 1, 2008 01:53 AM

                      Any Italian market will have DOP, like Razzano in Glen Head or Del Fiore in Patchogue. My favorite brand is La Valle, I got them at Fairway in Plainview last time. They had quite an assortment of Italian specialty items.

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                  zhelder May 30, 2008 06:28 PM

                  If you want to take a ride to Jersey (or Garden City if you're on Long Island), Kings supermarket has 28 oz.cans of Bella Terra from Racconto San Marzano tomatoes on sale for $1.99 until 6/5.

                  I'm certainly not a San Marzano tomato expert, I just thought this was a good price, and I've been wanting to get a few cans for a while. But this conversation has gotten me intrigued. Would these tomatoes be DOP certified? None of the pictures I've seen have indicated a DOP label. What's the typical price for a 20 oz. can of DOP tomatoes? Thanks for any info!

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                    Ima Foodie May 31, 2008 02:54 PM

                    Just bought some at A&S fine foods on Black Rock Tpke in Fairfield. They were around $3 for 28 oz cans.

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                    1. re: Ima Foodie
                      louuuuu Jun 2, 2008 04:41 AM

                      Best deal I have now found: Cento San Marzano 28 oz (DOP) at ShopRite Commerce Park (Stamford/Greenwich) for 2.99.

                      Still haven't tasted DOP vs. San Marzano "style" in a sauce.

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