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San Marzanos in Van

vandan Feb 1, 2010 05:39 AM

have seen them @ Cioffi's( abit out of the way for me) Santa Barbara now and then and Bosa says they might not get them again till October(what?), anywhere else i might find them?

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    hrhsheba Feb 6, 2010 10:17 PM

    Keep an eye on Tosi's on Main Street - he brings in huge quantities of them two or three times a year. They're totally seasonal, that's why they're not always available.

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      tlp Feb 1, 2010 10:49 PM

      they sell them by the can or case at mount pleasant cheese shop.

      i think i saw them at parthenon on broadway as well

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        islandgirl Feb 2, 2010 07:25 AM

        They definately have them at the Parthenon.

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          repartee Feb 2, 2010 04:24 PM

          Last seen in Grotta de Formaggio.

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            grayelf Feb 2, 2010 04:35 PM

            Oooh, cool -- now I will have to try them, as they are at my "local" -- I think I am in the Parthenon three times a week. I wonder if they will be more affordable there? Will let you know...

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              grayelf Feb 5, 2010 11:19 AM

              So I picked up the two kinds of San Marzano that the Parthenon had (haven't tried either yet):

              1. Marca La San Marzano $2.69 for 28 oz can -- less expensive but comes with basil already added, no DOP though they say they are from San Marzano, and I got the last can :-)
              Here's the website in case your Italian is better than mine:

              2. Emma San Marzano DOP $4.25 for 28 oz can -- these have the DOP stamp (Denominazione di Origine Protetta), so they should be better, no? Boh! Per Wikipedia, "The name denotes both a point of origin and a variety of tomato. Canned Marzanos grown in Italy in compliance with Italian law will have the EU 'DOP' emblem on the label." Interestingly, the can is also labelled "crop 2008" FWIW...

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                eatrustic Feb 5, 2010 12:51 PM

                I bought both Emma's last year to see what the diff was - the standard and the San Marzanos and the standard ones were way better! The DOP's were very thin and were just ok taste wise. (this year's batch may be better)

                The standard Emmas are my go-to's these days.
                As usual just because it has the fancy designation it doesn't always mean it's the best.( Although at almost twice the price it darn well should be.)

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                  CdnLifeguard Feb 5, 2010 03:11 PM

                  "1. Marca La San Marzano $2.69 for 28 oz can -- less expensive but comes with basil already added, no DOP though they say they are from San Marzano, and I got the last can :-)"

                  Also available at FairMarket on Broadway near the Holdom Skytrain station. Mostly on the shelf, but the other day they were on the ground between two of the chill chests...

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                  vandan Feb 5, 2010 05:43 PM

                  funny i actually picked some up today as well, it bought the marcas for $ 2.39 @ Santa Barbara, they only had one can of the Emma left, they sell for $ 3.29, would love to hear how they compare taste- wise

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            kroekerj Feb 1, 2010 10:29 AM

            They have them at Meinhardt on granville. The white can with red tomatoes going around the can horizontally. They are in my opinion the best. Around $5 a can.

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              eatrustic Feb 1, 2010 11:52 AM

              Pretty sure I've seen them at the two Italian deli's at Granville Island. Beware though that as of today until the end of February there is a $3.00 hour charge for parking all over G.I.

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                islandgirl Feb 2, 2010 07:25 AM

                The parking fee is only in effect after 10am so you can get in to the market between 7 & 10 in themorning without having to pay for parking.

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              selena03 Feb 1, 2010 10:09 AM

              You can try Ugo and Joe's....

              1. fmed Feb 1, 2010 05:47 AM

                Those places you mentioned would have been my guesses. You might have to now check out the "gourmet" places like Whole Foods or Gourmet Warehouse.

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                  vandan Feb 1, 2010 06:28 AM

                  hmm, well i'd trek out to Cioffi's before paying Whole Paycheck prices

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                    grayelf Feb 1, 2010 08:14 AM

                    I've deffo seen them at Gourmet Warehouse -- might be worth a call to check availability (and price!).

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