Scarpone Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Are These The Best Fire Roasted Tomatoes?

How to make pasta simply amazing by just opening a can of tomatoes.

Tinned Tomatoes - 123rf

 

DINNER IN A MINUTE | When I really don’t want to spend time making dinner but can’t be bothered to go out or even order in, I love to boil up a big pot of water, throw in dry pasta and open a can of tomatoes. Oookay, you say, making nice but imagining I’m nuts to think plain spaghetti and canned tomatoes “straight up” could be anything but spectacularly boring. And maybe it would be if I opened your Hunt’s garden-variety dice, but the canned tomatoes I’m talking about taste nothing like that.

Feeding My Addiction

Scarpone Fire Roasted Tomatoes

 

Though I’m supremely late to the table (this foodie go-to has been popular for ages), last year I opened my first can of fire-roasted tomatoes and it was love at first bite. The brand was Scarpone’s, and the deep smoky flavour of these diced tomats—perfect on their own as a sauce with no doctoring necessary—made plain canned tomatoes seem way too tame by comparison.

At $1.99 a can, I began stocking up on cases of Scarpone’s from Bosa Foods until the specialty grocery dropped the product to stock its own Italissima brand. Italissima fire-roasted tomatoes are the same low price as the Scarpone’s and a seriously solid replacement (far better than Western Family’s fire-roasteds, $2.49 a can at Save on Foods).

If I were forced to play favourites, I’d still opt for Scarpone’s, even over what many consider the gold standard of canned fire-roasted tomatoes, the organic Muir Glen brand (sold only in the U.S.; I’ve found them for $1.99 a can at Community Food Co-op in Bellingham), so last week I was elated to learn that Galloway’s Specialty Foods in Burnaby and Richmond carries Scarpone’s Fire-Roasted tomatoes. They were temporarily out of stock when I called them: please get some in soon, I’m hungry. —C. Rule

Photos: 123rf, Galloway’s Specialty Foods

2 replies
  1. Andon
    Andon says:

    Just came across a little grocery store in New Westminster, BC, where they had “Pastene Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes” at excellent deal – $1.29 a can! The can itself didn’t state country of origin, but I would assume it is an USA product. Haven’t opened the can I bought yet, so have no idea how good it is. If anyone wants to try it here’s the store name:
    Best Season Produce Co
    71 Tenth St, New Westminster, BC V3M 3X4

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  2. Garth Wood
    Garth Wood says:

    Scarpone’s are a Calgary brand (although they source the actual product from the States, I believe), and having newly moved to the Lower Mainland from Calgary I am missing them terribly; if I can’t find them locally, I’m ordering them by the case from their northeast Calgary store. You can also get ’em in the big #10 cans that foodservice establishments use, for those serious weekend sauce-making sessions. 😛

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