Getting those Pomodoro San Marzano dell’Agro Sarnese-Nocerino DOP has not got easier, but a few online Italian delis seem to be taking a good deal of trade (maybe in small part thanks to the thousands of hits from this blog?), and they are happily retailing them in single and case quantities.
My interest in them has peaked because I’ve finally nearly finished building my own backyard wood-fired pizza oven, just decorative work to do. Because of the unseasonably warm Halloween, this afternoon might be the first time we try cooking pizza in it – so I’ve been stocking up.
The amazing Lupa Foods now stocks what appears to be a new brand of San Marzano’s in the Lupetta brand, retailing at £1.49 per 400g tin, or £15.65 for a case of 12 via Amazon (£1.30 per tin), or direct. This is the best UK price for normal tins as far as I can see, £3.26 per kilo. However, they now sell 2.5kg tins of the Agrigenus brand for £6.82 which works out as £2.67 per kilo. I should point out, that compared to Grotesco retailing a 400g tin of Napolina tomatoes for £1.10, or £2.76 per kilo, you have no excuse to continue using substandard tomatoes – as Lupa have made Agrigenus’s catering tins of Marzano’s cheaper by weight than Grotesco.
I’ve discovered an online deli (new to me) that sells San Marzano tomatoes DOP. Vorrei now stocks the Agrigenus variety – which I think are of a good quality, they are £1.45 per tin (400g), free delivery if you spend £50 too.
If they run out of stock, Mediterranean Direct is stocking them for UK mailorder at £1.99 per 400g tin, and can also supply in cases of 12 tins. But look out, because they also sell an ancient variety worth taking a look at, though its use in pizza sauce wouldn’t be consistent with the VPN rules I believe.
Thanks to the comment from a reader, NifeisLife (“Nice Italian Food Everyday”) is selling a 24 tin case for £42.96, of the Coppola brand of San Marzano. A good way to secure 24 tins when supplies are running low from Lupa and Vorrei.
As a back-up, Melbury & Appleton are also selling Coppola brand, but at £2.39 per tin, a little over the odds. But OK for middle-class luvvies I suspect.
Ocado now sells fresh baby plum “san marzano” tomatoes… not sure where they are grown, and they got terrible reviews. I bought some, and I reckon because they go through the chill chain for delivery their flavour is ruined. These are not DOP, and I really don’t think they are even Italian grown – because as thesinglegourmetandtraveller blogged fresh San Marzano tomatoes just don’t get exported to the UK. Please prove me wrong.
I do wonder if they are being marketing in breach of the regulations, certainly to me it doesn’t appear entirely clear to the customer that these are not the king of tomatoes.
In terms of rheology, I’d say they are the right variety – given how they cut.
It is still complex verifying suppliers, so you might want to consult The San Marzano Consortium if you come across brands you’ve never seen before. And if you do, please can you post here on my blog comments.
If you live in London, you can buy good DOP San Marzano tomatoes (Annalisa brand) from Giacobazzi’s Delicatessen for £2.35 per tin, this Deli is based in Hampstead – and is the only UK source of Annalisa brand I’ve found. Alternatively, get Strianese brand at Earth Natural Foods in Kentish Town for £1.39.
If you live in Oxford, you’re looking to Fasta Pasta in the covered market, which sells Strianese for £1.75, or buy their double size tins of Strianese at Taylors Oxford, up on 1 Woodstock Road. I believe this is the only place in Oxford you can get them.
Finally, if you got here from the US, Gustiamo in NY sells the DANICoop tomatoes for just $3.90 per tin, plus a load of other goodies through their online shop and wholesale business.
Why not post a comment about where you can buy San Marzano tomatoes in your town or city?