“Martelli San Marzano Tomatoes are grown in rich, volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. They are what ‘real’ tomatoes should taste like!’’

- Vince Martelli, President, Martelli Foods

Just as kombucha wouldn’t be kombucha without ‘mother’, or scobu, Italian sauces aren’t Italian sauces without tomatoes. And San Marzano tomatoes are the queen mother of Italian tomatoes.

Vince Martelli should know; his company, Martelli Foods, imports the finest D.O.P certified, Consorzio regulated Martelli San Marzano Tomatoes.

San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the San Marzano sul Sarno region. It’s here that the San Marzano tomato develops its sweet flavour which is less acidic than regular plum tomatoes.

San Marzano tomatoes are grown under very specific rules and, as such, only authentic San Marzano tomatoes receive the official Denominazione d’Origine Protetta (D.O.P) designation.

This designation, combined with their incomparable flavour and texture, has earned San Marzanos the right to be the only tomato used on true Neapolitan Pizza. In fact, Martelli San Marzano Tomatoes have also earned the coveted Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza) seal.

“There are a lot of San Marzano wanna-be’s on the market” says Martelli, “but don’t be fooled by brands that are not D.O.P certified. The difference is remarkable; when you buy the best, you get the best. The best texture and the best flavour that only authentic San Marzano tomatoes deliver.”

The Martelli brand was founded on the family’s passion for food; a passion, steeped in a tradition that began in 1927 when Signore Luigi Martelli began the trading of quality extra virgin olive oil in order to provide for his wife and newborn son, Giuseppe.

Prospective buyers from Milano to Rome would travel to Calabria to sample and purchase Martelli Olive Oil. Unfortunately, Signore Luigi’s sudden passing in 1931, left his young widow unable to continue the business. When his son Giuseppe was old enough, he inherited his father’s olive groves and he too, began to provide the same quality and high standard olive oil as his father did before him. Signore Giuseppe Martelli, or ‘nonno Eppe’, shared his passion with his grandchildren and inspired them to create, enjoy and love food. Generations later, the Martelli brand continues to uphold the tradition of superior quality.

As Vince says, “we do what we do for the love of food!”. And, we’re glad they do.

Delicate skin dissolves, simmer. Bright red flesh, taste a glimmer of volcanic soil in which they grow, I pomodori di San Marzano, all chefs know.


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