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Canned Tomatoes

foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 03:10 PM

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. Will Owen RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 04:23 PM

    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...

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      delishdonna RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 04:30 PM

      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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        ohdaylay RE: delishdonna Feb 17, 2009 05:13 PM

        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.

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        noahbites RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 04:43 PM

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

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          jencounter RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 04:57 PM

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

          1. Das Ubergeek RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 08:34 PM

            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
              Will Owen RE: Das Ubergeek Feb 18, 2009 11:45 AM

              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...

            2. Porthos RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 09:30 PM

              Just bought some Cento San Marzano DOP at Bristol Farms. My favorite brand is Strianese though. The flavor in the Strianese San Marzanos are much sweeter and more vibrant. Not available at Bristol Westwood unfortunately. Anyone seen Strianese San Marzanos in the area?

              1. sbritchky RE: foodworthy Feb 17, 2009 11:26 PM

                You have some good recommendations here. One warning: Keep in mind that the American brand actually called "San Marzano" uses tomatoes grown in the U.S. with San Marzano seeds. You might like them just fine, but I'm sure that many people think they're getting not only seeds but also San Marzano soil, sunshine, and care.

                1. WildSwede RE: foodworthy Feb 18, 2009 12:22 PM

                  I was in the Pasadena Gelson's the other day and they had San Marzano canned tomatoes on sale - the large cans, 2/$5. I bought 2. Either peeled, whole or crushed. Cannot remember the brand, sorry. They also had a few other brands.

                  1. Baron RE: foodworthy Feb 18, 2009 12:45 PM

                    Surfa's in Culver City might have them.

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                      foodie21 RE: foodworthy Feb 18, 2009 01:26 PM

                      You might find them at Monte Carlo Deli in the 3100 blck of Magnolia in Burbank (next to Pinocchio's restaurant). I was just there to buy veal shanks to make osso buco and saw a bunch of brands of Italian canned tomatoes... but I had already bought what I needed at Ralphs, (just Hunt's, and the Hunt's was more expensive than the brands at Monte Carlo). Next time I'll know better!

                      Monte Carlo has deli items, including cheeses, the dried porchini mushrooms I needed, and a whole slew of Italian delicacies (olive oil, desserts), and gelato!

                      1. George RE: foodworthy Feb 18, 2009 10:10 PM

                        I have always bought Carmelina brand tomatoes and beans at Whole Foods (West Hollywood). Their supply varies, and lately, they have less selection and seem to be stocking, in terms of canned tomatoes that actually come from Italy, the Bionaturae label. But they still always have the small cans of Carmelina--no longer the larger cans, the chopped tomatoes, or the cherry tomatoes.

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                          yellohbella RE: foodworthy Oct 3, 2009 03:39 PM


                          I am looking for Sclafani canned crushed tomatoes and just came across your posting-have you found place that sells them-preferably in west LA?

                          1. Phurstluv RE: foodworthy Oct 3, 2009 04:20 PM

                            My gelsons carries cento. in Pacific Palisades. As does Bay cities deli in Santa Monica.

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