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    A Fresh Take on Tradition

    Our History

    For over 140 years, the Pastene brand has been bringing people together with only the highest quality ingredients. From artichokes to ziti and crushed peppers to Kitchen-Ready tomatoes, the Pastene label has long stood for homestyle cooking and garden-fresh flavors.

    What started in 1874 as a modest pushcart operation in a primarily Italian Boston neighborhood has grown into one of North America’s oldest family-run businesses. Over the years, we have continued to hone our craft and grow alongside generations of customers.

    A lot has changed since Luigi Pastene arrived from Italy in 1848. Our country has seen two World Wars and a Great Depression, a plague, and a pandemic. 35 U.S. Presidents have left their mark on America’s history. We went from steam-powered cars to cars you fill with gasoline, to cars you plug in to charge. We’ve sent courageous men and women to explore the infinite reaches of space and we’ve evolved from the invention of the telephone to having one in every pocket. Through it all, the Pastene brand has endured. And for good reason.

    The Pastene Way

    Pastene holds two values above all else: quality and authenticity. 

    Our fields

    It is our belief that the best ingredients make the best meals, and that the best meals make the best memories. We strive to source and produce our products with the utmost care and quality so that when you buy Pastene, you know you’re buying the very best.

    We source our San Marzano tomatoes straight from the Salerno region of Italy. They’re ground, peeled, and fresh-sealed so they’re ready straight from the jar. No muss, no fuss.

    Our pastas are produced in Italy from the finest durum semolina and imported straight to your kitchen table.

    We vacuum-pack our aged, grated cheeses in glass jars to ensure that when you shake them over your favorite meal, the flavors come bursting to life.

    Co-Owners, Mark and Chris Tosi

    We use only the first cold press of mature olives for our Extra Virgin Olive Oil, giving it its distinct greenish hue and sweet, never-bitter flavor.

    Needless to say, we go to great lengths and take great pride in giving you only the finest ingredients. We wouldn’t want it any other way for our family, and nor should you for yours.

    Time for Something New

    Just as Pietro Pastene knew his pushcart could not sustain the growing volume and success of his business, we know Pastene’s continued growth depends on our never-waning commitment to quality and a fast, easy, and engaging shopping experience. And sometimes that means growing with the times. And grow we have!

    Our new Prosecco Wine Vinegar

    We invite you to visit and explore our new and exciting site experience, shop our entire line of products, savor and share award-winning recipes, learn about and explore our ingredients, and let your mouth water at our appetite-inducing photography. Because quality and freshness doesn’t stop with our products; it’s the cornerstone of everything we do!

    Because Not All Tomatoes Are the Same

    From a small region near Naples, Italy, straight to your dinner table

    A quick search online will tell you that there are over 10,000 varieties of tomatoes. Some of the more well-known ones – Roma, Beefsteak, Grape, Cherry, Heirloom – are staple ingredients in kitchens, cafes, and restaurants around the world. But one variety stands above the rest when it comes to cooking: renowned for their plump flesh, low acidity, sweetness, and versatility, San Marzano tomatoes sit atop the culinary throne.

    The origins of the San Marzano tomato can be traced back to San Marzano sul Sarno – a small town in Italy about twenty-five miles southeast of Naples. Originally grown in the fertile, volcanic soils of Mount Vesuvius, the first seeds of the variety are fabled to have been received as a gift from the Viceroyalty of Peru to the Kingdom of Naples in 1770. And what a gift they are!

    Cultivated in Italy between August and September, San Marzanos are hand-picked at the peak of their dark, ruby-red ripeness. Much like the grapes of some finer wines (think the Champagne region of France) or some specialty meats (think prosciutto from the Parma region of Italy), the growth and production of San Marzanos is governed by strict rules and regulations. Authentic San Marzanos will have an official DOP (Denominazione d’Origine Protetta or “Protected Designation of Origin”) notation on the can or jar, so you know you’re getting the real deal (see you later, Stan Marzino!). In fact, it is against Italian labeling laws to use the words “San Marzano” on the label in any form unless the tomatoes are grown in the traditional way (vertical plants with fruit off the ground, harvested by hand in the Sarnese-Nocerino area).

    All of Pastene’s San Marzano tomatoes are imported directly from Italy. Each can is individually numbered and authenticated by an official DOP notation, an agricultural foods certification, and an official seal of origin from the Sarnese-Nocerino area.

    San Marzano DOP Tomatoes

    In their over two-hundred and fifty-year history, San Marzanos have become one of the world’s most sought after tomatoes for Michelin Star Chefs, Chefs de Cuisine, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and kitchen creatives around the world. Their versatility makes them the number-one option for everything from marinara sauce (no surprise, there) to seafood. They’re brilliant baked on top of a loaf of focaccia bread and even make a mean salsa. In short, if your recipe calls for tomatoes, you absolutely cannot go wrong in choosing San Marzano.

    As the oldest tomato importer in America, Pastene pledges to you, our customers, that we will always offer the genuine article, produced and labeled in the approved manner. It’s quite simple: if you want to experience the rich flavor of the traditional San Marzano tomato, make sure it has the name “Pastene” on the front label.

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