Best Canned Tomatoes for Making Pizza - Taste Testing Them All!

Ranking the Best Tomatoes You Can Find in the Grocery Store 2021


A Great Pizza Sauce Starts With Great Tomatoes - Find the Right One

When making pizza at home, people tend to focus first on making a great crust since there is seemingly so much involved with the complex dough making process.  The sauce on a pizza is so incredibly important, and many beginners tend to start with tomatoes they are familiar with - for example, years ago I started with a value brand my mother always uses in her spaghetti sauce and wondered why my sauce was never satisfactory.  I added sugar, seasonings, oil, cooked it, left it uncooked and tried everything to no avail.  Then I started learning more about tomatoes and trying new products.

There are so many different types of tomatoes, and picking the best one can be challenging.  For more information on choosing the right type of tomato, check out this article.  In this article, my intention is to put in the work and create a comprehensive list of tomatoes that you can find in any grocery, specialty store, or online so that anyone can make great pizza sauce from these brands and types.

The truth is, if you use the right tomatoes, you really don't need added sugar, spices and crazy cooking methods.  Great tomatoes do all of the work for you and will impress your family and friends.  Using the top rated tomatoes on this list, I always get incredible feedback on my sauces - and to be honest my best sauces I only add a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil!  An extra dollar or two per can on the right tomato will make all the difference in the world.

Tomato Taste Test Leaderboard
Brand/TypeScore
Bianco di Napoli Whole Peeled9.3
Bianco Di Napoli Crushed8.7
Cento San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes8.25
Muir Glen Organic Whole Peeled Tomatoes8
La Fede D.O.P San Marzano Tomatoes7.9
Rega D.O.P. Whole Peeled San Marzano7.9
Rao's Italian Whole Peeled Tomatoes7.9
Red Pack Whole Peeled Plum7.75
Wegmans Whole Peeled San Marzano D.O.P.7.6
Pastene San Marzano D.O.P.7.25
Scalfani Crushed Tomatoes7.1
Tuttorosso San Marzano Style7
Rosa San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes6.6
Tuttorosso Peeled Plum6.5
Hunts Petite Diced Tomatoes6.1
Contadina Whole Peeled5.75
Dei Fratelli Stewed Tomatoes5.5
Furmano's Whole Peeled Tomatoes5.5
Furmano's Diced Tomatoes5.1
Hunts Whole Plum3.25
Hunts San Marzano Style3

Come back soon for more updates as I taste test and rate more tomatoes and add a few of my favorite sauce recipes!  Check out the video below where I review 10 different whole peeled tomatoes live on camera!


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