'Canned Tomatoes' on Serious Eats
You could say we're fans of Chris Bianco's pizza around here on Slice. So we were excited to find out what's recently been bubbling and fermenting in the fertile mind of the First Poet Laureate of pizza: his own line of organic San Marzano tomatoes.
Just what are DOP tomatoes? Good question. The simple answer? DOP stands for the Italian phrase Denominazione d' Origine Protetta (roughly, "protected designation of origin"). The long answer, inside.
You may remember the preliminary round of canned-tomato sampling that we did in September, in which we asked for input on tomato brands for Round 2. Well, here's Round 2. With a surprising winner....
In the interest of finding a great-tasting canned tomato for pizza-making, a small group of pizza and tomato enthusiasts taste-tested 16 different canned tomatoes. Though this tasting is not as scientifically rigorous as it might be, there were some interesting observations. High price is not predicative of good flavor. Second, the "DOP" tomatoes we tasted did not score very high at all. And the top two spots weren't even San Marzano tomatoes from Italy; instead, they were grown in California's Central Valley.