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May 27, 2008 04:27 AM

San Marzano tomatoes

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")

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    1. re: nbermas

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

      1. re: southlake

        In Mamaroneck, at Cosmo and Alex on Mamaroneck Ave.

        1. re: southlake

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

      2. 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

          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

            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

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

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

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

              1. re: angularbanjo

                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

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

                  1. re: scunge

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

                    1. re: roxlet

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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

                      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.