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San Marzano Tomatoes in Calgary?

Dr. J Dec 4, 2010 09:03 AM

Does anyone know where to find canned San Marzano tomatoes? Have tried LIna's and the italian market on Edmonton Trail but no luck (I'm very surprised they weren't at either site). Any other thoughts?


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    cancowboy RE: Dr. J Dec 4, 2010 09:46 AM

    Some more ideas in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614401

    Also try give Mercato a call??

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      bluther2 RE: Dr. J Dec 4, 2010 11:07 AM

      Try the Italian store on Skyline Way NE
      Italian Store The
      5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1

      The Italian Store
      5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

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        Scary Bill RE: bluther2 Dec 4, 2010 06:19 PM

        Absolutely here, have bought them. Best price in town.

        Also the Unico "San Marzanos" if I am recalling correctly are "San Marzano STYLE" tomatoes. read your labels, lotta bs out there.

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        nonlinear RE: Dr. J Dec 4, 2010 11:14 AM

        any italian market should have them, they even carry them at Safeway now (albeit Unico branc). i can't beleive they don't have them at Lina's! If you're in the NW, I would try Scarpone's, which has a great variety of imported brands: http://www.scarpones.com/ (I think it might be at the skyline address bluther2 posted above, but not sure, since they have seperate importing and retail buildings so it's confusing).

        you could also use canned "plum tomatoes" if you have a hard time finding them for some reason. (san marzanos are just a variety of plum


        good luck, i imagine you are going to make a delicious sauce with this!

        1. worldwidestuff RE: Dr. J Dec 4, 2010 02:25 PM

          I've seen some 5lbs cans at Costco.

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            slingshotz RE: worldwidestuff Dec 7, 2010 02:51 PM

            Which Costco? I've bought them once a few months ago but then they seem to have disappeared from all the Costcos around Calgary. It was an awesome price but obviously its a lot of tomatoes.

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              worldwidestuff RE: slingshotz Dec 8, 2010 06:08 PM

              Beacon Hill location.

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                slingshotz RE: worldwidestuff Dec 22, 2010 02:32 PM

                I went there on the weekend and that Costco doesn't have any. So far I've checked, the NW, SE and Balzac Costcos and they do not carry the San Marzanos, only the other generic big canned variety.

          2. nutellaluvr RE: Dr. J Dec 5, 2010 08:42 AM

            Dr. J, San Marzano tomatoes are definitely available at The Italian Store (next door to Scarpone's). They are on the NE corner of Deerfoot & McKnight. They used to carry the Italissima brand (w/ or w/o basil), but the latest case I bought were from Rega. Yes, they are available individually (for roughly $3.85 per can) or by the case (12) at $38.90. Photo of both are attached. Having purchased most every brand of tomatoes, I recommend either of these for cooking over Alymer or Unico.

            The Italian Store
            5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

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              cellophane_star RE: nutellaluvr Dec 6, 2010 09:21 AM

              I got these exact same tomatoes for $4.50 at Savour in Inglewood.

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              Dr. J RE: Dr. J Dec 8, 2010 04:58 PM

              Thanks everyone. I happened to be at cookbook co. theday i posted and out of convience (certainly not a bargain) picked up a couple cans. I was back at lina's on saturday and they still didn't have on their shelves. It was a zoo and didn't have the patience to track somone down to ask.

              Will make atrip out to the NE some time soon to stock up. I agree with nutellaluvr that they are much better than the usual canned tomato brand. They make a much better minestrone and piza sauce.

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                Satiated RE: Dr. J Dec 10, 2010 03:39 PM

                I bought a case of Rega San Marzano tomatoes at The Italian Supermarket [20th Ave/Edmonton Trail] today. $4.19 per can, $45.25 per case with 10% case discount. They have another brand of San Marzanos too.

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                Sisero RE: Dr. J Dec 20, 2010 08:32 PM

                Mercato has them for sure as well~

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                  Gobstopper RE: Sisero Dec 21, 2010 06:01 AM

                  4 bucks at Bite

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                    Dr. J RE: Gobstopper Dec 21, 2010 05:09 PM

                    I think i paid $5.50 at cookbook company. I knew i was gerting ripped off...

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                      nonlinear RE: Dr. J Dec 21, 2010 05:21 PM

                      ouch! worth it, though, if you need them and don't want to drive across the city. they really do make a huge difference in sauces.

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                        bluther2 RE: nonlinear Dec 22, 2010 09:28 PM

                        Picked up a case of Rega at the Italian Store........ 21.90

                        The Italian Store
                        5140 Skyline Way NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6V1, CA

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                  Baxterzmom RE: Dr. J Jan 3, 2012 12:06 PM

                  I was at Lina's Italian Market New Years eve and they had cans of the San Marzano tomatoes 2.89 for 14 ounce size can - ouch!!!!

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                    johnjohnson78 RE: Dr. J Jan 8, 2012 11:21 PM

                    As mentioned in the thread Scarpone's has a few different brands of San Marzanos. I highly recommend buying a case of 12.....it's great to have high quality tomatoes on hand for pizzas and sauces. Saves a ton of driving around and they're well worth it IMHO

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