It turns out the brand of San Marzano tomatoes I purchased two weeks ago are Gia Russa. They have all the appropriate acronyms as far as authenticity goes. THe only problem I can see is that the can's I purchased less than 24 hours ago say 2005 crop. The store I buy them from probably doesn't sell very many. Then again, maybe these are aged tomatoes?
Anyone know how Gia Russa stack up to the competition? OUt of the can the first ones I bought two weeks ago were not impressive. They were bitter and acidic. I added a bit of baking soda and some sugar and by the time I was done, the sauce was very good. Much better than the ordinary $.99 can's can make. The thing is these Gia Russa's sell for $6.79 per can. I want to try the SanMarzano imports La Bella variety as even with shipping they are quite a bit cheaper. The only other brand I can get are Cento. I'll buy one of those today and do a comparison.
If there is a consensus as to how Gia Russa stacks up I'd love to hear it.