Paolo Petrilli's organic tomatoes are long, sweet, and incredibly juicy plum tomatoes from Lucera in Southern Italy. These tomatoes are the same cultivar as San Marzano tomatoes (solanum lycopersicum), though are grown on an organic farm 45 miles to the north-east of the actual PDO region. The tomatoes are grown in La Motticella, a very ancient settlement near Lucera in the northern planes of Puglia, famous for its climate and tomatoes.
The long San Marzano-style tomatoes are preserved using traditional, organic methods. The tomatoes are hand-picked, peeled and packed into jars with a few basil leaves, all on Paolo Petrilli's land. These peeled tomatoes make an outstanding tomato sauce and a delectable paste for spreading on pizza dough.