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"Real" San Marzano Tomatoes in DFW?

txram Oct 12, 2008 09:23 AM

Anyone know where I can find real San Marzano tomatoes in DFW?

I'm not talking about the overpriced, somewhat above average canned tomatoes you find in Central Market and Whole Foods that SAY they're San Marzano but are really grown domestically...I'm looking for the real deal imported from Italy.

I've found them online, but I've yet to find them at a store in DFW.

I haven't been to Jimmy's Food Store in Dallas but have heard good things about them. Maybe there?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  1. twinwillow Oct 15, 2008 02:00 PM

    I like the LaValle brand from Jimmy's as well. I also use, from Central Market, the San Marzano tomatoes in the white can with the red tomatoes around the label. I really like those for my marinara sauce.

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    1. re: twinwillow
      txram Oct 15, 2008 02:52 PM

      I'll have to the La Valle from Jimmys. Those CM San Marzanos are the ones I'm trying to avoid...

    2. j
      J.R. Oct 15, 2008 11:54 AM

      I third the La Valle from Jimmy's.

      1. k
        kelly2 Oct 13, 2008 03:16 PM

        Look for the DOP emblem on the label:


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        1. re: kelly2
          sandih Oct 15, 2008 08:33 AM

          Just bought some at Jimmy's last weekend. I use LaValle brand and the quality is incredible. The only type I use when making red sauce.

          1. re: sandih
            pizzaQTpie Oct 15, 2008 09:35 AM

            LaValle is the best. The only kind i use and yes go to Jimmy's asap! There is no need to buy any Italian products at CM.

        2. t
          txram Oct 12, 2008 10:27 AM

          Thanks for the tip!

          I found an image of what I'm definitely not looking for...

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          1. re: txram
            Chile Pepper Oct 13, 2008 11:41 AM

            I've never had these tomatoes, but I keep hearing about them.

            How much do you expect a large can to cost, out of curiosity?

            1. re: Chile Pepper
              luniz Oct 13, 2008 12:48 PM

              .50 to $1 more than otherwise. I didn't notice that big of a difference but then again I'm not exactly a canned tomato connoisseur.

            2. re: txram
              sike101 Oct 13, 2008 12:50 PM

              I've bought these (i.e. cans in the pic) from time to time at CM, these aren't real?

            3. l
              luniz Oct 12, 2008 10:19 AM

              Jimmy's definitely has them. I've seen them around at other places that I can't think of atm.

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