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POSTED AUG 11, 2021


What Are San Marzano Tomatoes?

San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes are widely recognized by top chefs, foodies, Italian cooks and food aficionados as the gold standard for taste, but what makes them so special? San Marzano tomatoes get their name from the town where they were born, San Marzano sul Sarno, which is located in the Campania region of southern Italy. Characteristics of San Marzano tomatoes include a thicker tomato wall, less seeds and less acidity than other tomatoes, making them ideal for authentic Italian cuisine. San Marzano tomatoes thrive in the designated area of Italy because of the Mediterranean microclimate, high water table, and fertile volcanic soil. Truly authentic San Marzano tomatoes from Italy adhere to strict conditions and guidelines in terms of their growing, selection, and processing. Certified San Marzano tomatoes must be obtained from plants of the same ecotype, grown within a specific territory allowed in Italy, and contain characteristics that comply with standards set in Italy.

Top San Marzano Uses

The versatility of the San Marzano Tomato is almost limitless. We suggest starting out by creating your basic “San Marzano Marinara”. Use our recipe as a guide to creating your own signature sauce. When it comes to sauce, San Marzano is king.

Beyond sauce, the sweetness of a whole plum San Marzanos combined with fresh mozzarella will lend itself perfectly for a traditional Margherita Pizza. Baked pasta, soups, and seafood this tomato is a fine addition and will give your dishes that extra authenticity you’ve been searching for. Once you’ve given all these recipes a try to be sure to reward yourself with a San Marzano Bloody Mary. Did we mention they’re great in cocktails as well? Explore the recipes put together by Chef Cento and see what you’ve been missing.

Featured San Marzano Recipes


San Marzano
Bloody Mary

Swordfish
Fagioli

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