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Feb 17, 2009 03:10 PM

Canned Tomatoes

I am looking for the following canned tomatoes in the Los Angeles area. Any help would be greatly appreciated. As I am assuming people will recommend the amazing Surfas in Culver City, no need, I have been there. These are all San Marzano DOP or San Marzano style, but if you can recommend another brand of canned tomato that is a favorite of yours, that would also be appreciated. Thank you!

La Bella
Cento - SM
Cento - SM Style
Il Miracola Di San Gennaro
Alta Cucina
Italbrand SM
Il Famosa
La Regina

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  1. Roma deli on North Lake at Mountain in Pasadena has several brands, as do the five Claro's Italian markets (which Google). I've seen Cento in several mainstream grocery stores, and frankly like Progresso better, but that's me. I've also always been a fan of Contadina, though that might have a lot to do with Stan Freberg's hilarious radio ads for them a few billion years ago...

    1. Bay Cities on Lincoln in Santa Monica an extensive selection of canned tomatoes. In the valley Cambridge Farms also carries a wide variety.

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      1. re: delishdonna

        I second Bay Cities. I don't have a favorite. I've bought a different kind every time I visit. I have yet to be disappointed.

      2. Sorrento in Culver City has a decent variety of San Marzano tomatoes.

        1. I purchase Cento at Jon's Market (reseda location) all the time.

          1. For certain sure I have bought Cento brand and possibly La Bella brand at Claro's (several branches). Their website says they stock Carmelina, Italbrand and Ferrara as well. That should be your first stop, not Surfas. Also possible is the Monte Carlo Deli in Burbank, and the Eagle Rock Italian Deli has a small selection as well (and are well-connected -- they should be able to hook you up to the suppliers).


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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Seems like every time someone posts info about Claro's in a way that puts me in the mood to head over there - like that website, f'rinstance - it's on a Wednesday. And they're closed on Wednesdays! Thanks a bunch, UG...