Meet the tomato queen. She is one saucy tomato, La Bella San Marzano. When she gestures toward her luscious, ripe fruits, she is impossible to resist.
“The story goes,” according to the Wikipedia, “that the first seed of the San Marzano tomato came to Campania in 1770, as a gift from the Kingdom of Peru to the Kingdom of Naples, and that it was planted in the area that corresponds to the present commune of San Marzano sul Sarno.”
Open a can of these beauties into a pan of sauteed onion and garlic, add a splash of white wine, some herbs. Salt, smash, simmer. Done. As easy as this is, it will seem worthy of a nice bottle of wine.
Sold by the case at Surfas, a culinary wonderland in Los Angeles, for just under $45 (or here), these San Marzano tomatoes feel like a luxury item. Some quick math reveals that individual cans cost less than good grocery store tomatoes. Go for it. They are so good.