Sclafani Crushed Tomatoes


Just throwing a quick question out here...

Has anyone any experience with the Sclafani brand of crushed tomatoes? I've heard the name thrown around numerous times but never had the chance to use them.

Apparently the brand is from NJ, also known as Don Pepino.

http://www.donpepino.com/sclafani-crushed-tomatoes.asp

I wonder if they are just as good as the 7/11's or 6in1's?

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Mike K.
posted over 2 years ago

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(Revised since original post) I use the Sclafani whole peeled tomatoes interchangeably with the Dinapoli and they are quite good, but I have not had the crushed tomatoes. (I have just ordered some, however, as it makes no sense that I have not tried them considering how good the crushed tomatoes are....)

FYI, there is another tomato product from a Scalafani in Connecticut, I think it is, and that is rated as an inferior product by others online, but this is the label you want--made from New Jersey tomatoes.

Do you have any recos for whole tomatoes other than 7/11? They are not available retail, only commercially. The 6-in-1 are quite good, however, and we are very satisfied with them...

Ken K.
posted over 2 years ago

I'm a huge fan of La Valle. I haven't seen them at the chain supermarkets, but they're not too hard to find.

- Raj   over 2 years ago


Ken, thanks a lot for the rely. I think I'm gonna order some to see how they are. Heard only good things about them so far.

Regarding the 7/11...they are not whole tomatoes. They are crushed. I had good experiences with Cento whole tomatoes and the crushed ones. Then there's also DiNapoli.

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Mike K.
posted over 2 years ago

I have the DiNapoli, both crushed and whole. They are very good, but they are not without their expense, and that is before shipping! I think the Sclafani whole tomatoes are very good, so I expect the crushed tomatoes should be very good, as well. We shall see.

- Ken   over 2 years ago


I have never used these but I have used the LeFede brand of crushed tomatoes from New Jersey. I was very impressed. They had no citric acid packed with them and were very sweet. Being from California it is almost sacrilegious to say this but NJ grows some great tomatoes. For a slicing tomato on a sandwich or burger, the ones grown in southern NJ from roadside stands are the best I have ever had. I think both the CA and NJ tomatoes are superior to the one's from Italy. Bianco DiNapoli seem to be my current favorites.

Chuck W.
posted over 2 years ago


Mike, here is my followup.

I purchased the Sclafani tomatoes in the photo. With a titch of salt and sugar, they are quite good. Not as fresh and bright at 6-in-1 but very good.

Have you tried them yet?

Ken K.
posted over 2 years ago


Ken,

Just pulled the trigger on them. Case of 12 for $30 over at Amazon.
Heard only good things about them.

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Mike K.
posted about 2 years ago


Got them in today. 21 lbs of NJ crushed tomatoes.

Should be interesting to see how they compare to the 7/11's and 6 in 1's.

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Mike K.
posted about 2 years ago


Made some sauce with two cans and did a quick taste test right out of the can.

This is an extremely good product and I think better than any 6 in 1s I have had. Very fresh, with a slight sweetness so additional sugar won't be needed and a great texture. Monday we'll see how the sauce holds up on a pie and how it compliments the cheese.

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Mike K.
posted about 2 years ago


hmm, apparently the Sclafani crushed are CA tomatoes.
From jpb at pizza making forum:
"The person at their corporate office just now said they're positive they're CA tomatoes.'

Charles P.
posted about 2 years ago


Bill, that's very interesting. What is the major difference in specs between say Sclafani and a professional brand like 6 in 1?
Are the price points significantly different?

Charles P.
posted about 2 years ago


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