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Cento
« on: November 01, 2007, 07:19:01 PM »
Are these the Cento version that everyone is talking about?

They are not San Marzano, just a packed there. A little marketing trick.

Made a pasta sauce with them and are they are pretty good.
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Re: Cento
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2007, 07:33:10 PM »
That's them.  My personal fave.  All the flavor of a san marzano, but nice and thick unlike any other san marzano I have ever found.  Just make sure they have that ROA on top or they won't be as thick or as tasty.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2007, 07:45:15 PM »
Got them for $1.65 a 35oz can. Marked down from $2.35 or so.



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Re: Cento
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2007, 08:03:42 PM »
that's a sick deal!  Anywhere near boston?

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Re: Cento
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 08:58:14 PM »
scott, I tried to send you a message, but your in box is full.

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Re: Cento
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Re: Cento
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2007, 01:43:57 PM »
Stop & Shop - Stoneham

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Re: Cento
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2007, 01:48:09 PM »
nice eb, thanks. Sorry about my inbox.  I think I will try to hit some other stop&shops around here first. 

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Re: Cento
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2007, 09:24:12 AM »
The Wegmans where I shop recently removed all of these "packed in SM" for 2.XX a can,
and replaced them with a DOP cert. label can for $3.89 :-D


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Re: Cento
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2008, 12:28:44 PM »
I didn't notice this before posting my own Cento thread.  The "Italian Peeled Tomatoes" I bought (35 oz. can for $1.95) look just like the picture above *except* the wording in the little Italian flag simply says "Product of Italy".

I found them to be OK, not great.  Maybe they are actually a different product?  It's rather confusing the number of different Cento products that look basically the same.

The best by far was the non-DOC San Marzanos, 28 oz. can for $1.35.  The $2.99 can of DOC SMs, quite frankly, sucked.  Funny how the quality and price were exactly inverse.

NEPA Snob:  City Mager, 491 Penn. Ave. W-B for everything Cento at good prices.  Wholesale food/pizza distributor with a showroom cash-and-carry (reminds me a lot of Orlando Foods in Scranton), "Public Welcome" sign in the window.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2008, 05:30:26 PM »
What significance does the ROA have?  I've seen other brands with those same letters.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2008, 07:10:03 PM »
If you see other cans , let me know the brands if you could.  That is the cannery code and another can with roa on top should have the same tomatoes inside.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2008, 07:35:54 AM »
If you see other cans , let me know the brands if you could.  That is the cannery code and another can with roa on top should have the same tomatoes inside.

Harris Teeter store brand: H.T. Traders, San Marzano style Whole Plum Tomatoes, 35 oz.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2008, 07:51:38 AM »
I believe they're $2.49 for a 35 oz. can, a little less costly than Centos.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2008, 03:15:00 AM »
Thanks! cento has switched this product to another type (with the same label), so you are lucky to have those around! I am wondering what part of the country that grocery store is from?

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Re: Cento
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2008, 08:42:34 AM »
Thanks! cento has switched this product to another type (with the same label), so you are lucky to have those around! I am wondering what part of the country that grocery store is from?

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Re: Cento
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2008, 07:41:18 PM »
I checked the cans in our local Harris Teeter today and most of them were stamped API.  IF the stamp indicates the cannery of origin then it appears they've changed.  I found one can with the DOP and I also bought a can with API to compare.

BTW, I found a bunch of Centos cans with the DOP stamp.............

The Centos San Marzanos tomatoes appear to be extremely overpriced.


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Re: Cento
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2008, 03:19:48 PM »
Just been reading a thread on another forum where I came across this comment by a contributor in Italy:


"If you were able to find a *true* San Marzano you are lucky!
Around Naples is, practically, not grown anymore commercially, since it is easily attacked by a fungus. All big italian brands of canned "San Marzano" tomatoes are really "Tipo San Marzano" (San Marzano-like), since they use a hybrid similar in shape (F1 hybrid). And often it comes from abroad."

I have no idea how much truth there is to this comment?


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Re: Cento
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2008, 10:31:58 PM »
that's a sick deal!  Anywhere near boston?

Scott,

My husband picked up some of the Centos with the ROA code last weekend at the Shaws in Bristol, CT.  You may want to try the Shaws stores by you.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2008, 02:57:45 PM »
Cento sure does try to keep things confusing.  I returned to the City Mager cash-and-carry (Wilkes-Barre PA), and found another similar looking can of whole tomatoes.  I couldn't remember my favorite from before (I did remember that the DOP were the worst of the bunch), so I bought 3 types:

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Re: Cento
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2008, 03:01:54 PM »
Reviewing my notes, my favorite from before was the 3rd can, and the first can was OK.  The 2nd can was new, and from scott's posting, potentially the best as it has the "ROA" designation on the inkjet code.

So I cracked them all open and found the 3rd can was still my favorite.  The "ROA" is an excellent tomato, but the "Italian Style" continues to show an unmatched ripeness and depth of flavor.  It continues to be a real stunner of a canned tomato.  And at $1.39 for a 28 oz can, it's a tremendous value.
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Re: Cento
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2008, 11:36:06 PM »
Pizza Brewer, there's nothing wrong with preferring a california tomato.  To me there is a "fresher" taste to those, and the Italian (ROA) tomatoes have more depth, but lack some sweetness.  I agree that they are both good! 

The nice thing about the Cento california grown or "italian style" tomatoes is that they seem to have less citric acid taste than most of the domestic brands.  Of course Escalon uses no citric acid, but it is definitely hard to find their products locally.

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Re: Cento
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2008, 08:14:36 AM »
I recently picked up Cento Organic crushed tomatoes which were amazing... very rich tomato flavor. (we are big on Organic and I'm glad they are starting to show up in canned tomato products now)...

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Re: Cento
« Reply #23 on: March 27, 2008, 10:02:37 PM »
Cento sure does try to keep things confusing.  I returned to the City Mager cash-and-carry (Wilkes-Barre PA), and found another similar looking can of whole tomatoes.  I couldn't remember my favorite from before (I did remember that the DOP were the worst of the bunch), so I bought 3 types:




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Re: Cento
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2008, 08:13:28 AM »
Chet:  The 3rd can, which as Scott pointed out is US-grown San Marzanos, is my favorite.  It has a deep, earthy, ripe San Marzano flavor with lots of natural sweetness.  It's $1.39 for a 28 oz. can.

One thing I realized upon closer examination is the US can has some added salt (220 mg. per serving) vs. the Italian ones (20 mg. per serving).  When I added some salt to Scott's favorite (2nd can, "Product of San Marzano Italy") and made a sauce, it was neck-and-neck with my favorite.  It's $1.95 for a 35 oz. can.

So buy one of each and try for yourself!  Please be sure to post your findings.

And as I mentioned before, the worst can I tried was the DOP San Marzanos at $2.99 per 35 oz. can.  So don't bother with them.

---Guy

P.S.  If you haven't tried them before, also pick up a can of Alta Cucina, about $4 or $5 for a #10 can.  Probably my all-time favorite canned tomato.  Very bright, American-tomato-y flavor.  Some don't care for it since the citric acid does play a role, but I like the "edge" it contributes to the flavor.  IMO, a sauce on a typical American pizza needs some of that tomato "bite" to be noticed under all the cheese.  It's a different story with a typical Italian pizza, which may have no cheese at all or just a few scattered hunks of mozz.
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