It is hard to find authentic tomato sauces here in The States. Loaded with sweeteners, salt and preservatives, they taste nothing like the ones you find in Italy. The Italian tomato sauces have bright acidity and tons of tomato flavor without being thick and stodgy. “La Dolce” from i Contadini is made from chewy tomatoes harvested by hand in July and August. It is then slowly and gently transformed into a tomato sauce that still has its bright color. No salt added, just a leaf of basil.
For thirty years, i Contadini has been growing and preserving amazing vegetables from Salento in the heel of the Italian boot. Using only produce grown on their own property and labor that is local, they use traditional preservation techniques to create foods that taste like the ingredients, not the process. I Contadini does not use preservatives. Only the sun, salt, apple vinegar, lemon juice and patience are used in order to not affect the taste of the foods. Everything is done by hand during cultivation, preservation and canning. All of this care results in highly flavorful, nutritious, naturally authentic foods.