Tinned or bottled tomatoes are a key feature of Italian cooking. But are they authentic? Let’s take a look.
It’s difficult to imagine Italian Cuisine without the tomato, so fully has that vegetable (or fruit?) written itself, like a red thread, into the national cookbook. The dishes which seem to epitomize Italian cooking—insalata caprese, spaghetti alla napoletana, pizza—all contain tomatoes. It’s the red in the patriotic tricolour flag served on plates in Italy and abroad.