Unit price
$ 13.50
Quantity:
Add product
to your cart
Product
successfully
added to
your cart
If you've never tried piennolo, you are missing out on a truly exceptional treat. Sapori Vesuviani Piennolo del Vesuvio DOP is shockingly fresh-tasting, with a bold flavor that is both richly sweet and pleasantly tart. Small and meaty, piennolo tomatoes are sliced in half and jarred with their thin skins still on. Unlike other Italian tomatoes, these delicate little piennolo tomatoes do not stand up to long cooking; they’re so sweet they require very little to make an outstanding sauce. Add a bit of olive oil and garlic, heat them gently in a pan for a few minutes and toss with spaghetti for a deliciously simple dinner. Or use them to top your next homemade pizza; piennolo are one of only a handful of varieties authorized for the real Neapolitan pizza by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. Piennolo tomatoes have such an outstanding, balanced flavor they can also be eaten raw; we love them crushed up in pesto trapanese with almonds and basil, or with a little salt as a topping for bruschetta.

Azienda Agricola Sapori Vesuviani Piennolo Tomatoes come from an ancient variety that at one time risked extinction, and have been salvaged thanks in part to the hard work of Pasquale Imperato, the producer of these tomatoes. These Piennolo Tomatoes grow in the Mount Vesuvius National Park in Campania, where the strong sun, low rainfall and mineral-rich lava soil give the tomatoes a high concentration of sugars and acids, which allows them to preserve their remarkably fresh flavor over time. 

At Sapori Vesuviani, farmers hand-pick each tomato, some of the tomatoes get preserved in the traditional method by intertwining the vines together in upside-down bunches. “Piennolo” means “hanging” in the Neapolitan dialect, thanks to the local tradition of storing these tomatoes hanging from the ceilings in the winter. As the tomatoes dry upside down, their skins thin and their pulp softens and almost caramelizes, enhancing their natural sweetness. These tomatoes, however, are preserved by cutting them in half and jarring them in their own juices. In fact, the word you see on the jar "Pacchetella" means halved.

Read about it:
Welcome Pasquale Imperato Sapori Vesuviani
Welcome Pasquale to the Gusti Family! His DOP Piennolo Tomatoes just landed for the first time in…
Read about it:
Pasquale Imperato Sapori Vesuviani on RAI
This time of year in Italy there are 3 essential questions: Where are you? Who are you with? …