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where do I find san marzano tomatoes in Calgary?

denidill Apr 23, 2009 12:05 PM

Where can I find San Marzano tomatoes in Calgary? Safeway had 'Unico' brand which stated 'San Marzano type tomatoes' on the can. I am assuming that these might produce good tomato sauce results even if they do not come from Italy!

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    jeffwhit Apr 23, 2009 01:12 PM

    I've had trouble finding them at my local Safeway (Kensington) so I always just make the trip up to Lina's to buy them when I need some. A little pricey, but I'm not even sure what the Safeways hat do have them are selling them for. Lina's is certainly a reliable source.

    Lina's Italian Market & Cappuccino Bar
    2211 Centre St N, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

    1. sarah galvin Apr 23, 2009 01:14 PM

      Lina's definitely has them. Italian Grocery on the corner of Edt Tr & 20 Av probably has them as well.

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        nonlinear Apr 23, 2009 04:02 PM

        i use them (also 6-in-1) for making pizza sauce, and have found them at co-op, safeway, superstore, and pretty much any italian store. they might be called plum tomatoes in some cases (?).

        and to the OP yes, you're right, the tomatoes don't have to actually be grown in italy to taste great. on pizzamaking.com, the wal-mart "great value" brand is regarded as one of the best you can buy in the USA (no kidding).

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          Beks Apr 23, 2009 05:17 PM

          Bite has the best tinned tomatoes

          1. sweeterpea Apr 23, 2009 06:07 PM

            I found whole cases of canned organic tomatoes from Italy -- not San Marzano per se, but grown near the same region -- at Costco last summer. I can't remember the price offhand, but it was cheap. If you're a member keep your eyes peeled as I'm hoping they bring them in again. Beautiful and sweet, really amazing.

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              slingshotz Apr 28, 2009 08:21 AM

              I'd second Costco's canned organic tomatoes. I keep looking for them at Costco hoping they'll bring them back. Fingers crossed this summer :)

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              derfster Apr 23, 2009 07:29 PM

              Plum tomatoes and San Marzano tomatoes are not the same y'all.

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                tdeane Apr 23, 2009 07:55 PM

                Well, they are really. San Marzano tomatoes are plum tomatoes that are grown in the San Marzano region.

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                  Shazam Apr 26, 2009 09:11 AM

                  San Marzano is a region, but it is also a cultivar.

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                Scary Bill Apr 27, 2009 08:57 AM

                5130 Skyline Way NE
                Calgary, AB T2E 6V1
                (403) 275-8222‎

                Best place for all things Italian in Calgary in terms of overall selection and price.

                San Marzano's for 3 bucks.

                Don't tell anyone, I don't want them to raise their prices.

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                  sackman Apr 27, 2009 02:41 PM

                  Safeway still has them and they are fine for sauce. I think its Unico, but not sure.

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