A favorite pizzeria began selling their sauce and dough, so I thought I'd get some sauce and reverse engineer it. To my surprise, what tasted fine when on the pie, tasted, well unexpectedly peculiar. The sauce seemed to be a combination of pureed canned tomatoes, a heavy tomato puree, and lots, I mean, lots of oregano. The sauce out of the container had a slightly sweet and bitter character with an overly strong taste of oregano. And yet when I eat their pies, it tastes fine. What gives?