About the Sauce…
What is a cooking sauce?
Unlike other sauces, our Cucina Antica Pasta Sauce is actually called COOKING SAUCE. What makes it a cooking sauce? You can re-cook the Cucina Antica pasta sauce while retaining the fruitiness and THE FLAVOR™ of the sauce, in other words, recooking will not make it acidic (some other brands of sauce are somewhat over-cooked and will lose their flavor when recooked). OUR cooking sauces are cooked in small batches of 150 cases per batch using a traditional cooking method where the tomatoes are broken in chunks by the AGITATOR in the kettle. This is similar to hand crushing the plum tomatoes. The sauce is then cooked just to the point where we are able to jar it. This traditional method allows the home chef to re-cook the sauce while maintaining THE FLAVOR™.
The San Marzano tomatoes and our traditional cooking method! Unlike other sauces, where sugar and an over-abundance of sodium are added to mask any unattractive taste, our sauces use the hearty, full-flavored, delicious imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes, so they do not need any enhancer.
Chef Neil’s family has been farming the famous San Marzano tomatoes for over 200 years. Chef Neil, born in San Marzano, Italy, where these world renowned tomatoes are grown, knows that it is the San Marzano tomato that he uses to make the Cucina Antica pasta sauces that ultimately gives the sauce that unparalleled, fresh, light homemade flavor.
Chef Neil attributes THE FLAVOR™, that ultimate awesome homemade flavor, to the Italian San Marzano tomato, and his traditional cooking method. The San Marzano tomatoes are combined with just the right amount of fresh seasoning/herbs, and cooked just to the right point to maximize THE FLAVOR™ and to the temperature needed to be jarred, and the result – il sapore, THE FLAVOR™!!!
The sauce has such a homemade, fresh flavor, that many a customer who used to make their own sauce, have shared with us that they cannot believe the sauce is out of a jar.
Chef Neil works closely with the tomato supplier and makes frequent trips to Italy. We work with the same farmers year after year. Having a family that has farmed this tomato variety for the last 200 years, they know from first-hand experience what a good tomato should taste like!
The are grown in the volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius in Southern Italy. The volcanic soil is believed to act as a filter for water impurities. The San Marzano tomatoes, a variety of the plum tomato, are considered by many chefs to be the best sauce tomatoes in the world. The tomatoes are ripened in the perfect Mediterranean climate. Hot, dry days and cool nights make for perfect ripening. The result is a deep red plum tomato full of natural flavor.
The Cucina Antica Pasta Sauces are All Natural and Gluten Free, with a light, fresh, home-made taste! They have No Sugar Added and No Preservatives.
Our sauce labels are made of 100% recycled content with soy based inks.
The glass jars can be recycled and/or reused in the home.