Starting with a superb tomato makes all the difference between an ok tomato sauce and a truly outstanding one. Italians discovered that the best place was to grow high quality paste tomatoes is in the San Marzano Valley, outside of Naples, in Southern Italy. The DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) status of these tomatoes is your guarantee of quality & origin. And Strianese carefully picks their organic tomatoes at the peak of ripeness. They are whole peeled, sweet & tender.