If you are a fan of great Italian food, you’ve probably heard of San Marzano tomatoes. Any Italian chef or pizza maker worth their salt will use these exclusively whenever possible. But what exactly are San Marzano tomatoes, and why are they so in demand?

The best San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the Sarnese Nocerino region Italy, in the volcanic ash-rich dirt near the base of Mount Vesuvius. They are teardrop shaped plum tomatoes, similar in size and shape to Roma tomatoes, but that’s where the resemblance ends.

San Marzanos are larger than the average Roma (the Roma is actually derived from the San Marzano), and deeper in color. Their skins are paper thin and come off easily, and instead of the usual four or five seed pockets (locules), San Marzano tomatoes usually only have two – meaning more succulent flesh and fewer seeds.

That doesn’t even begin to cover the taste difference between San Marzanos and other tomato varieties. A San Marzano tomato is likely to be hand-picked at the peak of ripeness, and carefully transported to avoid bruising before being directly exported to restaurants or canned to preserve that fresh flavor. Their sweetness is legendary.

At Bella Via, San Marzano tomatoes provide the base for our delicious pizza sauce and for many of the red sauces that dress our Italian pastas and meats. The trademark flavor is robust and sweet, and shines through all spices for a healthy, incredible taste.

You can tell the difference when you dine at Bella Via. Our sauces let the flavor of every ripe San Marzano shine through, whether you select one of our amazing brick oven pizzas or a plateful of perfectly cooked pasta topped with a hearty sauce.