Peter I have been reading your posts, and you are so full of wisdom. I am amazed the time you put into this. You have helped so many people. Once again you have hit the nail on the head. I went back and looked at my cans of tomatoes, and yes, the la Bella's do not have the DOP certification. They say Product of Italy, they are definitely San Marzano's, but no DOP. After realizing my error, I checked all the other cans, and the Vantia's were the same. Product of Italy, San's, but no DOP. Now I will have to go find some DOP Vantia's. I know that is what I saw Dominic using, along with the fresh tomatoes, when I visited De Fara's. Also, while I was there he had the Grande fresh mozzarella in water. He had the big white plastic tubs of it that say Grande Fior De Latte. I have seen people mention that he mixes the buffalo with the normal Grande, but when I was there it was fresh Grande, normal Grande, Buffalo, plus the hard grated cheese. Maybe he was running out of Buffalo.
By the way, I picked up a bag of the Bel Aria 00 when I was getting the tomatoes. I can't wait to try out your dough recipe. I think I will begin my first 00 adventure without the starter, but I will be ordering one soon for sure.