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!
Cento - SM
Cento - SM Style
Il Miracola Di San Gennaro
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.
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!
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.
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).
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...