DOP and DOC products
We have only one goal at Pomodorino: Let our customers feel what we felt each time we went to visit our grandparents.
The sensations. The emotions. The nostalgia. The flavours. The perfumes.
So naturally, throwing store bought pasta into the oven would never be enough. To our grandparents, who were farmers, there could be no greater sacrilege.
We want you to be confident you’re getting food and wine that tastes exactly as it should. So we only use ingredients grown the traditional way, and certified by the Italian government.
Certified Ingredients: (Our Other Culinary Secret)
Short for Denominazione di Origine Protetta (literally “Protected Designation of Origin”).
The DOP label guarantees that our ingredients were regulated by the Italian government from production to packaging, to ensure:
they meet the highest quality standards
they were only produced in certain regions of Italy to ensure a consistent quality
they were produced by specific families that has been 'designated' by the government to produce such foods
every element of the product is quality tested and tracked with serial numbers to understand the exact origins, processing, and approval body of the product
Short for Denominazione di Origine Controllata (literally “Denomination of Controlled Origin”). Essentially it’s DOP for wines.
If you see the DOC lettering on your bottle it means:
The wine passed an in-depth technical analysis and tasting to receive the official seal of approval from the Ministry of Agriculture
It was produced in specific geographical area by specific designated farmers
It was made using officially prescribed grape or grape blends
It was made using mandated viticultural, vinification and maturation techniques
There are 330 DOC Italian wines today, so we’re confident we can find one you’ll love no matter your tastes.
Short for Indicazione Geografica Protetta (“indication of geographical protection”).
IGP applies to agricultural products with specific characteristics, that can only be achieved when grown in specific geographic areas.
Bresaola della Valtellina is a good example: air-dried beef from the alpine north. The product is dried in the Valtellina, using the traditions of the area and the skills of local workers.
Why all the Hubbub
Beyond giving you the most authentic experience possible, and saving ancient traditions . . . these foods simply taste better.
That’s why our Prosciutto Toscano DOP, for example, is made with pigs raised a certain way, in the hills of a set zone, grazed on grasses and fruits of a specific area, and cured at precise temperatures with a secret recipe of local herbs. By specific farmers and butchers who have been accredited themselves.
A great chef can work magic with dried ham from Tesco, but it just isn’t the same.
DOP products tasted delicious centuries ago, when the methods were defined and perfected. It tastes delicious today. And it’s guaranteed to taste delicious in centuries to come.
Because no customer at Pomodorino deserves anything less.