Lightly salted U.S.-grown beauties have a bright flavor--no seasoning needed. San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, $6 for a 28-oz. can at amazon.com. Todd Coleman
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When sourcing canned tomatoes for our Naples-style pizza sauce, we tried every variety we could lay our hands on, from simple American Romas to imported tomatoes with D.O.P. status, the Italian protected designation of origin. As we tested each product, raw and cooked, we looked for vibrancy of color, consistency of texture, and overall purity of flavor. In the end, we found that these dozen brands do the best job. —Farideh Sadeghin

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Academia Barilla Pomodorini Pelati

Peeled cherry tomatoes with a citric tang make a versatile sauce.

Academia Barilla Pomodorini Pelati, $6.50 for a 28-oz. can at shop.academiabarilla.com

Cento San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes

Plump, robust tomatoes yield an earthy sauce that pairs well with mushrooms. Todd Coleman

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Cento San Marzano Organic Peeled Tomatoes, $24 for a case of four 28-oz. cans at amazon.com

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La Fede D.O.P. San Marzano with Basil

Silky, D.O.P.-certified tomatoes make a perfectly balanced sauce.

La Fede D.O.P. San Marzano Italian Tomatoes, $4 for a 28-oz. can at buylafede.com

Bella Terra Organic Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes

Firm-fleshed fruits in a tomato-basil puree turn sweet when cooked. Todd Coleman

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Bella Terra Organic Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes, $33 for twelve 28-oz. cans at amazon.com

Rao’s Homemade Italian Peeled Tomatoes

Velvety tomatoes develop a pronounced tartness under the broiler. Todd Coleman

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Rao’s Homemade Italian peeled tomatoes, $14 for four 28-oz. cans at amazon.com

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Via Roma Whole Peeled San Marzano Tomatoes

Italian D.O.P. tomatoes have a pure flavor with a trace of basil.

Via Roma San Marzano Tomatoes, $4 for a 28-oz. can at apfreshonline.com

Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes

These go from field to can in eight hours, retaining a ripe flavor. Todd Coleman

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Muir Glen Organic whole peeled tomatoes, $8 for two 28-oz. cans at amazon.com

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Famoso San Marzano Tomatoes P.D.O.

Faintly herbaceous San Marzanos packed with basil are perfect for pizza margherita.

Famoso Estate San Marzano DOP Whole Plum Tomatoes, $4.75 for a 28-oz. can, contact Famoso Gourmet Imports at 508/824-2800

San Marzano Whole Peeled Tomatoes

Lightly salted U.S.-grown beauties have a bright flavor–no seasoning needed. Todd Coleman

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San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes, $6 for a 28-oz. can at amazon.com

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Ciao Pomodori Pelati Italiani

Vibrantly red, with an assertive flavor that’s a match for smoked mozzarella and cured meats.

Ciao Peeled Tomatoes/Pomodori Pelati, contact Anna Sodano at Orlando Food Service 201/368-9197, orlandofoods.com

365 Everyday Value Whole Peeled Tomatoes

Whole Foods’ store brand has a deep sweetness, perfect for marinara sauce. Todd Coleman

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365 Everyday Value Whole Peeled Tomatoes, $1.50 for a 28-oz. can at amazon.com

La Valle Pomodoro San Marzano D.O.P.

A bold punch of basil and lip-smacking acidity; good for raw or cooked sauces. Todd Coleman

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La Valle San Marzano D.O.P. Italian peeled tomatoes, $20 for a 5-pack of 28-oz. cans at amazon.com

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