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Title: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Jackitup on July 10, 2008, 05:15:01 PM
Just wondering if anyone has tried this sauce and any good or bad experiences with it. Just bought a #10 can of it at Sam's Club for $3.38. Price is right so figured what the heck, for the price of a beer it's worth a try.
Thanks,
Jon
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Kemosa on July 10, 2008, 07:31:29 PM
This is very good sauce.  It's a bit thicker than I prefer, so I add a little water.  The taste is fresh and well seasoned..and at a nice price. 
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: PizzaBrewer on July 11, 2008, 12:15:06 AM
My personal favorite of the prepared sauces.  There's something about it that makes me want to eat it by the spoonful right out of the can. 

The texture and flavor are definitely unique, but it is very good.

---Guy
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Jackitup on July 11, 2008, 10:55:15 PM
Thanks guys, can't wait to give it a try. The wife and I are having the family style, husband and wife butt party monday morning (colonoscopy :o) so after a day and a half of not eating I think a big fat pizza will fit the bill just fine ;-)
Jon
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Park.Pizza on August 21, 2008, 11:38:51 PM
Even though this is a dated post, I'd like to add my comments. I've been using Pepino's sauce for three years now. My favorite to use on par-bakes.

Tim
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on September 25, 2008, 09:46:17 PM
I'll go for the dated post as well, I liked the don pepino its available locally and at penn mac.com I try em all I like the casa visco also only at 1  local market here in nj. I would rather make the dough than the sauce so I buy as many pre madesa as possible to test the flavor. keep the sauce handy!
John
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on September 25, 2008, 09:48:40 PM
[ I am new and stupid (ut putting out some great pies from the brick oven) whats a par bake?
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Pete-zza on September 25, 2008, 09:56:39 PM
[ I am new and stupid (ut putting out some great pies from the brick oven) whats a par bake?

JConk007,

See the section Parbaked and Pre-baked Crust at http://www.correllconcepts.com/Encyclopizza/02_On-site_vs_RTU/02_on-site_vs_RTU.htm#_Toc530971772.

Peter

EDIT (2/1/2013): For an alternative Correll link, see http://web.archive.org/web/20040405161740/http://www.correllconcepts.com/Encyclopizza/02_On-site_vs_RTU/02_on-site_vs_RTU.htm
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on September 26, 2008, 01:42:05 PM
Thanks Pete
Thats what I thought, No par bake for my brick oven. I am turned on to Caputo now!  Steve put up a few pics on the photo posting section for me of my oven. I still cant post photos, getting message that file is to large
oh well still frustraded but still trying.
John
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: candyman on March 11, 2009, 02:49:40 AM
I know this is an old topic... but I'll hit it anyways.

This is probably the best overall pre-made sauce in a can that you can buy.  It has a very nice fresh tomato taste and can easily be used for many different applications.  I use this sauce as a base for my pizza adding only a little Olive Oil and a tablespoon of Penzey's Pizza Seasoning. Also, straight out of the can it is fantastic as a dipping sauce for about anything... and great on veal parm.  Love this sauce.

Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Jackitup on March 11, 2009, 04:20:42 AM
The Sam's around me in MN stopped carrying the Don Pepino's so I went for their commercially prepared sauce that their pizzeria/cafe gets. It's as good as Don Pepino's if not better. Great basic sauce and I doctor it up with some parm, pizza seasonings, gran garlic and some Sambuca, absolutely love it. A lot of sauce and if I remember right about 24 bucks for the whole case. I break it all down and freeze in 2 cup batches in ziplock freezer bags and freeze flat in the freezer. I do my soups like this and they are good up to a couple years with no off taste. Also a great base for spaghetti sauce and such, and like I said....the price is great.
Jon

SAM’S CLUB
DELUX PIZZA SAUCE
6-112oz pouches

Packaged exclusively for Sam’s Club
Bentonville AR 72712
By Kagome Inc         (here’s the website:  www.kagomeusa.com)

Ingredients:
Tomato paste, tomatoes, water, Contains 2% or less of, high fructose syrup, modified food starch, romano cheese(contains cow’s milk), salt, spices, parmesan cheese(contains cow’s milk), citric acid, garlic, onion powder and natural flavor

Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: jrusso on March 20, 2009, 02:34:06 PM
My favorite as well but it keeps going up in price.  Unbelievably delicious, fresh-tasting sauce with very few ingredients.  I like it better than any sauce I've ever made, and if Whole Foods carries it, it must also be "healthy."  I got a case for $20 (24-15 oz. cans) in late summer but the price has since gone up to $30 (Rosa Food Distributors, Philadelphia).  Still, not a bad deal as it sells for $1.69-$1.99 a can, and it's often out of stock at two places where I get it.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: pjbear05 on March 25, 2009, 08:33:57 PM
I'm still experimenting with sauces, and of the pre-mades Don Pepino's has been the best so far.  Just the right balance of sweet and acid, and not much spice or salt if you want a neutral sauce.  I like a spicier sauce, but I just crank it open, throw in some garlic and spices, and stir it up in the can.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: wingman on September 29, 2009, 09:23:44 AM
I have been using Don Pepino for 15 + years.
When I don't make my own sauce, this is what I use.
I have over 30 years in the food industry as a chef and food scientist,and Have tried every commercial sauce that I have seen.
This is still my go to sauce.
It is a great base for building an excellent pie.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Rick Iverson on October 19, 2009, 01:29:12 PM
Jon;

Just happened to notice you are from the Metro.  And you are most correct, Red's Savoy's garbage pizze is THE best!!

The Sam's around me in MN stopped carrying the Don Pepino's so I went for their commercially prepared sauce that their pizzeria/cafe gets. It's as good as Don Pepino's if not better. Great basic sauce and I doctor it up with some parm, pizza seasonings, gran garlic and some Sambuca, absolutely love it. A lot of sauce and if I remember right about 24 bucks for the whole case. I break it all down and freeze in 2 cup batches in ziplock freezer bags and freeze flat in the freezer. I do my soups like this and they are good up to a couple years with no off taste. Also a great base for spaghetti sauce and such, and like I said....the price is great.
Jon

SAM’S CLUB
DELUX PIZZA SAUCE
6-112oz pouches

Packaged exclusively for Sam’s Club
Bentonville AR 72712
By Kagome Inc         (here’s the website:  www.kagomeusa.com)

Ingredients:
Tomato paste, tomatoes, water, Contains 2% or less of, high fructose syrup, modified food starch, romano cheese(contains cow’s milk), salt, spices, parmesan cheese(contains cow’s milk), citric acid, garlic, onion powder and natural flavor


Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: crazybob on February 15, 2010, 03:26:18 PM
Does Don Pepino's use only New Jersey tomatoes? I really like their Sclafani puree & crushed tomatoes.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: AJ72 on February 15, 2010, 11:09:07 PM
Does Don Pepino's use only New Jersey tomatoes? I really like their Sclafani puree & crushed tomatoes.

Yes.  All of their product lines, Don Pepino, Sclafani, and Violet, use only New Jersey tomatoes.  I've been using Don Pepino Pizza Sauce exclusively and I love it.

Tony
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: crazybob on February 16, 2010, 05:19:06 PM
Thanks, AJ! Now I can proudly advertise that I make my pizza sauce, using only "Jersey Tomatoes".

Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: crazybob on February 17, 2010, 12:39:52 PM
I found Don Pepino's web site & asked them if the the sell  cash & carry, single cases. I also asked if they used Jersey tomatoes. They sent a prompt reply:

"Good afternoon!

 

                Thank you for your interest in our products.  We do sell the #10 cans by the case, there are 6 cans per case.  However, we do not sell them from our facility in Williamstown, NJ.  We are the manufacturing plant.  We are not set-up with a store front.  You can purchase the #10 cases from us by contacting us at 856-629-7428.  We would ship the case to you via Fedex, so you would have the shipping charge.  And, yes all of our tomatoes are grown in New Jersey.

 

                Thank you.

 

Jackie Evans

Violet Packing

Home of Don Pepino

856-629-7428"
 
 
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on February 18, 2010, 07:40:31 AM
Yesterday I Purchased DP @$1.29 a can at my local Shoprite in Ramsey NJ.  You can not beat this product ! LOVE it!! straight from even as a base for a fancier sauce. I did not know they were Jersey tomatoes. Also available here Jersey Fresh crushed topmatoes for the deep dish Highly Rated on this site also. Scalfani are also waiting in the pizza cabinet  :o
 "Freedom of Choice!"
John
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: pcampbell on February 18, 2010, 07:54:44 AM
hey john - we just finished up the ciao... thanks a lot!  had a pizza party for super bowl and made lots of pasta sauce also.


crazybob...   I have some additional info which may or may not be correct.  I believe I do have access to all of this stuff - so if anyone wants it, I can ship at cost.

Quote
Our Sclafani crushed tomatoes are the New Jersey grown tomatoes but our
whole peeled tomatoes are brought in from Ohio.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: pcampbell on February 18, 2010, 07:56:39 AM
Thanks, AJ! Now I can proudly advertise that I make my pizza sauce, using only "Jersey Tomatoes".



you blew up my marketing angle secret  :chef:

I thought that this would be a big hit, especially BEING in NJ... and at a pizzeria (doesn't exist yet) geared towards local and organic products.

of course now there is this new thing about canned tomatoes leeching BPA from the cans or whatever.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on February 18, 2010, 08:05:08 AM
Pat,
I still have 2 cans of Ciao, ersasmo does not know what hes missing by not getting me a shipping label ? I like that angle on the NJ tomatoes !
AMono has another event coming but I will be skiing in Park City  :'(
well not the worst option.
any luck with the KASL?
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: crazybob on February 18, 2010, 08:27:44 AM
Quote
you blew up my marketing angle secret 

I thought that this would be a big hit, especially BEING in NJ... and at a pizzeria (doesn't exist yet) geared towards local and organic products.

Sorry, I let the cat out of the bag.. :D. I only live in South Jersey during the winter now. My concession stand is near Williamsport, PA. Folks up there mostly eat OIP, or Pudgies pizza. ..And the big three chains, ofcourse.

I bought some 28 oz.cans of Sclafani (puree & crusted), yesterday for 1.29 @ my local "Eatmor" market.  I see that Tri-City Products, in Vineland, NJ, is selling #10 cases of crushed tomatoes for 18.50. The puree is 20.90/cs.

I'm going to email Don Pepino again to get a price list.

Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: rob430 on February 19, 2010, 01:36:28 PM
Hi, I've been reading this thread and found it very helpful. I was at Sam's Club yesterday and noticed they discontinued the Contidina line and brought in Don Pepinos Sauces. I got a few cans of the pizza sauce to try (#10) and it was very inexpensive . We use a lot of sauce for "gravy" and pizza. The "spaghetti sauce' was more expensive and just had more spices and oil in it which, I can do to the pizza sauce. I live in NJ also!
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: JConk007 on February 19, 2010, 03:19:57 PM
Rob,
I have seen the pasta sauce but never tried it You say it is acceptable? Yes the prices are reasonable the Don Pep is $1.29 for Pizza sauce and next to it is the same size Muir Glen  organic for like $3.59 double! ???
John
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: ThunderStik on February 19, 2010, 03:22:49 PM
I need to try some of this stuff. My sauce is a really weak link in my pie making, partially because of time but equally because its hard to find good ingredients around here.  :'(
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: rob430 on February 19, 2010, 05:36:43 PM
My friend suggested I use crushed tomatoes on my pizza dough but I disagree as they are to watery for pizza, IMO. I can't wait to try the Don Pepino's pizza sauce. It will be way to much but as one poster suggested, freezing it in plastic bags which I do with my soups and homemade breads. Maybe I'll make a pot of pasta fagoli when I open the can. I haven't tried any Don Pepino's products yet, first time. I will let you know.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: crazybob on February 19, 2010, 06:51:49 PM
I actually add some water to get the consistancy of paint. I mix 1 can of crushed, 1 can of puree, my spices, & olive oil. It's better if I refridgerate it overnight in a plastic container.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: AJ72 on February 19, 2010, 08:06:11 PM
Rob,
I have seen the pasta sauce but never tried it You say it is acceptable?

I find the Don Pepino Spaghetti Sauce to be the best sauce ever made.  I know that is a bold statement but it is just my opinion.  I do add my additional spices and a touch of olive oil to it though.  It is definitely worth trying if you haven't yet.

Tony
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: rob430 on February 19, 2010, 08:31:50 PM
Has anyone tried both the spaghetti and pizza sauce? I tried comparing ingredients on the can, the spaghetti sauce only having onion powder extra. I wonder how they differ. It will be a while before I will have opened both cans.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: AJ72 on February 20, 2010, 01:40:39 AM
Has anyone tried both the spaghetti and pizza sauce? I tried comparing ingredients on the can, the spaghetti sauce only having onion powder extra. I wonder how they differ. It will be a while before I will have opened both cans.

I use both regularly.  They both have that nice bright color and fresh tomato taste.  However, they are spiced differently.  I find the Pizza sauce to have a more basil-y taste suited for pizza, but the spaghetti sauce to have a more neutral taste and more balanced overall making it a more universal base and suitable for other dishes like chicken parm.  Unlike my pizza sauce, I do like my spaghetti sauce heavily spiced.  Therefore, I like to throw in some extra garlic, spices, wine, and some olive oil.  I like the pizza sauce on pizza but like the spaghetti sauce for everything else.
Title: Re: Don Pepino's Pizza Sauce???
Post by: Steve973 on March 08, 2010, 11:05:22 PM
To me, Don Pepino's doesn not provide an authentic flavor.  It seems more like chunky pasta sauce in my estimation.  I know that some people enjoy it, and I don't have anything against that.  It's definitely not for me, though.