Peretto San Marzano Tomato

The “San Marzano” tomato is a renowned variety of tomato originating from the Campania region in Italy, specifically from the area of San Marzano sul Sarno. This tomato is elongated and cylindrical, resembling a plum, and is known for its intense red color and smooth skin.

The distinctive feature of the San Marzano is its balanced taste, combining excellent sweetness with moderate acidity, making it one of the preferred tomatoes for preparing sauces and gravies. The flesh is fleshy, thick, and contains few seeds, ideal for cooking down into a velvety, rich sauce. This variety is particularly appreciated for its low moisture content, which contributes to a more concentrated flavor and an ideal texture for preservation and cooking.

The San Marzano is often considered an essential ingredient in Italian cuisine, particularly for the preparation of Neapolitan pizza and various pasta dishes.



In a high-quality European restaurant, especially in Northern Europe, the San Marzano tomato can be used to elevate various types of dishes thanks to its unique qualities. Here are some ideas on how to employ this tomato variety in both Italian and foreign recipes:

  1. Sauces and gravies: the main characteristic of the San Marzano is its ability to transform into high-quality sauces and gravies. This makes it ideal for classic sauces for pasta, pizza, and traditional Italian recipes like eggplant parmigiana.
  2. Meat and fish dishes: the rich flavor and texture of the San Marzano make it perfect to accompany meat or fish dishes. It can be used in stews, braises, or as a sauce for baked fish, typical of Nordic cuisine.
  3. Soups and broths: these tomatoes are great for preparing hearty soups and broths, where their concentrated flavor enriches the dish.
  4. Fusion and creative cuisine: the San Marzano can be used in fusion dishes that combine elements of Italian cuisine with Northern European influences. For example, it can be the base for sauces in innovative meat or fish dishes.
  5. Appetizers and side dishes: preserved in oil or canned, the San Marzano can be served as an appetizer or side dish, offering an intense and authentic taste that pairs well with a variety of dishes.