Lidia Talks Tomatoes

Lidia Bastianich is coming to Toronto this February! In honor of this special occasion you must stay tuned as we will be having a Lidia giveaway frenzy over the coming weeks! This week we have 3  pairs of tickets to see Lidia Live at the Main Stage Theatre! ** 2 pairs of special VIP passes are now also available for a Feb 11th private taping in Montreal at 8pm!** If you want to win,  simply watch Lidia’s 1 min Video Tip below to see what she has to say about tomatoes and then continue reading! If you don’t know the difference between San Marzano and Roma tomatoes, this for you!

Lidia says,“if in season, perfectly ripe fresh tomatoes are the best…”  and we agree! Have you seen our recipe for Nonna’s Stuffed Eggplant yet? It starts with out with a simple and incredibly delicious fresh tomato sauce as many of the great classic Italian recipes do. But as Lidia continues to say, “canned tomatoes are just as good because you can make them year round” and we also got you covered there!! From imported Italian Plum Tomatoes to our very own Canadian Plum Tomatoes; diced, crushed, strained… Aurora has a FULL line of Tomato products for you to enjoy all year round.

Talking about tomatoes, this week is especially exciting as we are awaiting the arrival of a new baby….Lidia would be proud! This week Aurora is adding Allessia San Marzano Tomatoes to their line up! These tomatoes can only be grown in one area of  Italy and since they are of historical significance, San Marzano tomatoes, like wine, enjoy protected status D.O.P (Denominazione di Origine Protetta.) Stay tuned, we’ll let you know as soon as shipment arrives from Italy!

San Marzano Tomatoes

So on that note, take a look at our recipideo “How to make Tomato Sauce 2 ways“. Whether you use fresh or canned tomatoes,  your sauce will be delicious either way!! Ponder these questions while you watch: What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? Whole Plum tomatoes, crushed, strained, diced, or do you use only fresh tomatoes all the time? Do you look for imported or local? Roma or San Marzano? Watch, form your answers, and then we’ll tell you how to enter and win your tickets to see Lidia LIVE in Toronto! **(or please specify in your comment if you want to see her in Montreal)**

Ok here is how to win. We want to hear from you, we really do, so answer any or all of our questions above and make your comments below. There are 4 ways to enter so here’s the deal:

1. Get 1 entry by simply answering our questions above and by leaving a comment below.

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-> Note that each entry has to be notified in a new comment. We will be drawing the comment number with to choose the winners.

Oh and that’s not all! How would you like to win a signed copy Lidia’s many newest cookbook “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes”!? Stay tuned and we’ll post yet another exciting giveaway very very soon!! Good luck everyone!

Entries will be accepted until Sunday January 27th 12:00am EST.
Winners will be announced on Monday Jan 28th and contacted by email.
Winners must provide a postal address in Canada. Tickets and passes must be claimed within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen

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I am a little of a great many things. Every experience and every blessing. And even though the whole may be greater than the sum of it's parts, welcome to this little part of me I call "Ita-liana." Raised in an Italian grocery store/food importing company (which explains why wine and olive oil runs through my veins) this is the part of me that is the very best of my Sicilian and Calabrian roots. Watching my Calabrese mother and grandmother cook for the entire family, with not only expertise and ease, but with an over abundance of love, left it's mark. Travelling back to Italy and learning about family history did the rest, while my Sicilian side kicks in almost intuitively. * © All recipes, photography, illustrations on posts by "ita-liana" and "Recipideo" video content copyright Liana Tumino ©


  • Angie

    1. I always have canned/jar tomatoes in my pantry because I’m Italian!
    2. Crushed
    3. Local
    4. San Marzano

    (Toronto please)

  • Angie

    I like you on Facebook (Angie Valenzano)

    (Toronto please)

  • Angie

    I like you on Twitter – my handle is @avalen1

    (Toronto please)

  • Laura Tirone-Rizzo

    – kitchen pantry staple: plum tomatoes for pizza, diced for a quick sauce
    – imported for more flavourful tomatoes but local if brand is known (like Aurora!)
    – Roma because they are more accessible/good price point but definitely San Marzano if available

  • Laura Tirone-Rizzo

    I subscribed to the Recipideo channel

  • Angie

    I subscribed to your YouTube channel – avalen66

    (Toronto please)

  • susie

    – kitchen pantry staple- diced tomatoes (aurora)

    -local brand (aurora) is good

    if available San Marzano

    Now tutti a la tavola a mangiare!!!!!!!!!

  • Whole canned tomatoes are a definite kitchen staple and when I can get my hands on the san marzano tomatoes all the better

  • Lisa Dugo

    What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? crushed Tomatoes. I look for imported. Love San Marzano!

  • Lisa Dugo

    Liked on Facebook (Lisa Dugo)

  • Lisa Dugo

    Following on twitter (@masterrockerr)

  • Lisa Dugo

    Subscribed to Youtube Channel (cosmowanda6)

  • Miranda Simone

    I always have chopped and crushed tomatoes in my cantina made fresh from our garden every summer.
    However, I also buy canned plum or san marzano for my chili recipes or when making a big batch of sauce I will use the big cans of tomatoes, preferably imported from italy with little to no sodium, diced or whole tomatoes.

  • Miranda Simone

    Miranda Gerolini-Simone on facebook, I liked you

  • Miranda Simone

    I am also a subscriber on the Recipideo’s channel under Miranda Simone

  • Carmina Pereira

    I always keep a variety of Aurora Whole Plum tomatoes, crushed, strained, diced in the pantry. I use Aurora’s imported tomatoes. I use both Roma and San Marzano.

    I love the facebook feeds and make some of the receipes that time up.


  • I always have canned tomatoes in my cupboards. I buy whole plum tomatoes which are canned at the peak of their freshness in the summer.They can be local, but I also look for San Marzanos when I am making a classic tomato sauce.

  • Looks like I already follow you on Twitter at Bellini Valli

  • I am now subscribed to recipideo:D

  • Terri

    1. I always have jars of Aurora strained tomatoes in my house because I LOVE delicious sauce all year round
    2. Strained
    3. Imported
    4. San Marzano and Roma

    Toronto please!

    Liked on Facebook, and following on Twitter

  • Terri

    @jinx644 on Twitter

  • I can my own tomatoes. I can crushed, cooked and chunky. However,I always have cans of San Marzano tomatoes on hand.

  • Vera Di Nunno

    Aurora Diced Tomatoes, the sweetest tomatoes i’ve ever tasted. The best for LA PIZZA!

  • Vera Di Nunno

    Lidia’s Pasta with Baked Cherry Tomatoes
    Pasta con Pomodori al Forno
    Try Aurora Cherry tomatoes!

  • Vera Di Nunno

    Spaghetti in Tomato Apple Sauce
    Spaghetti con salsa di Pomodorie e Mele
    Lidia uses Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano

    Try our new Allessia San Marzano Tomatoes!!!!

  • Vera Di Nunno

    True staples in my pantry:
    always Aurora Diced Tomatoes, Tomatoe Puree,

  • Dante

    Subscribed to Youtube Channel (Trigiani92)

  • Lorraine Santangelo

    There is no difference between San Marazano and Roma tomatoes they are bothe from the same family. meaty not a lot of juice or seeds both ate great for making sauce

  • Mirella

    Aurora Tomato Puree, the best full bodied puree ever tasted. Loved by the whole family for pasta, pizza, polenta etc etc…Bon Apetite & salute.

  • Dina

    I always keep canned tomatoes on hand, crushed and diced and also the strained ones in the bottles. Never know when you will need them! Although the fresh from the garden are the best, when available 🙂

  • Dina

    All signed up for the Recipideo channel! dinasomers 🙂

  • rose

    All my products that I use are from Aurora their tomatoes in the cam cherry tomatoes, puree tomatoes all the canned vegetables rice and egg noodle pasta its all good.Toronto Please My brother is a big supporter of aurora products in woodbridge.

  • Monica Giliati

    – A pantry is never complete without quality canned tomatoes! Versatile for any recipe and makes a quick healthy meal.
    – I love the Aurora canned cherry tomatoes! Perfectly juicy and sweet….I actually eat them straight from the can;) — Having the chance to buy local fresh tomatoes are always a plus, however, the quality of Aurora is fantastic!
    – San Marzano are divine but not always available

    Can I see Lidia now???

  • Monica Giliati

    – A pantry is never complete without quality canned tomatoes! Versatile for any recipe and makes a quick healthy meal.
    – I love the Aurora canned cherry tomatoes! Perfectly juicy and sweet….I actually eat them straight from the can;) – Having the chance to buy local fresh tomatoes is always a plus, however, the quality of Aurora is fantastic!
    – San Marzano are divine but not always available

    Can I see Lidia now??? I <3 her

  • Valentina De Castris-Cholakis

    I like you on facebook!

  • Filomena Vetrano

    Liked you on Facebook! San Marzano! (Montreal please)

  • Paola Irrera

    I love watching Lidia on TV…..”tutti a tavola a mangiare” cin cin

  • Mario Mignacca

    The Aurora Italian Puree superior by density and taste to any others.

  • Rita Durman

    I watch Lidia on TV with my sisters and they are going to be so excited to see her live.

  • Rita Durman

    1. We always have jar tomatoes because I’m Italian and its what we do!
    2. Crushed
    3. Local
    4. San Marzano

    twitter @RitaDurman
    Rita Durman ‏@RitaDurman
    Just entered @AuroraImporting giveaway to win a signed copy of @LidiaBastianich latest book a for free tickerts! –

    youtube Rita Durman
    ohhhh memories…. i love canning tomatos


  • Tony D.

    Strained tomatoes yo make sauce, Imported, San Marzano (Lidia’s favourite). (Toronto)

  • Tony D.

    Liked on facebook (Tony Dugo)

  • Tony D.

    Following on twitter (@mistergoldenn)

  • Anna Anagnostopoulos

    Love watching Lidia evening with my husband who is also a big fan of hers!!

  • Anna Anagnostopoulos

    in Toronto

  • San Marzano Tomatoes are considered by many chefs to be the best sauce tomatoes in the world.

    «In un mondo pieno di dolcificante artificiale, aspartame, saccarosio e derivati vari. C’è chi ha perso la dolcezza dello zucchero e la naturale duttilità del miele…. Nel divenire vecchio, molto spesso il piacere della tavola, prende il posto del piacere del letto.»

    I always watch Lidia on TLN…

  • rose

    Okay I am dying to see lydia i always watch her channel and try to make her food, All my tomatoes and products for cooking are from Aurora I love these products they are amazing and their taste is like it is home made especially the tomatoes.

  • Maria Ioffreda

    I have been watching Lidia for years on TLN. She is an amazing lady. I love hearing her stories and her world travels not to mention her love for her family and Italian traditions. I make my very own tomatoe sauce and peeled tomatoes. I go out to pick my 4 bushels of tomatoes at the farm and when I come home the tradition begins. I haven’t done my own now for the past 4 years. I have been stricken with a disease. I have started using canned tomatoes and like Lidia says they are just as good. I would love to meet this lovely lady in Montreal. I wish her continued success but most importantly I wish her Health! Maria in Cote Saint-Luc, QC

  • 1. homemade jarred tomatoes
    2. crushed
    3. depending on the season…local during the summer
    4. roma

  • liked on fb

  • following on twitter

  • subscribed

  • Gabriel

    What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? I Use only fresh tomatoes all the time. I always look for imported because they taste better. San Marzano tastes great!

  • Gabriel

    Liked on facebook under name Gabriel D’Ugo

  • Gabriel

    Following you on twitter. (@InfuseD123)

  • Dina

    What I think?? I think that I’ve never been to Montreal and would love to see a private taping as I will miss the Toronto appearance! 🙂 AND I always have tomatoes on hand in my kitchen, fresh, canned, jarred or dried! 😀

  • 1. What’s a staple in your kitchen pantry? Cut, canned tomatoes (home-made and store-bought) and whole tomatoes (frozen in September)

    2. Do you look for imported or local? Imported

    3. Roma or San Marzano? San Marzano!


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  • Anna

    1. Homemade
    2. Strained
    3. Local
    4. San Marzano

    Toronto please

  • Nancy

    In my pantry this a full of products Aurora, from the tomatoes to the salt, by the origano to the eggplant
    Like to much!!!!!!!!

    I watch every day specialy in the Sunday at Tln and PBS Lidi’s show
    She’s a great person and I like when she do Tutti a Tavola a Mangiare
    I try try a few recipes from Lidia and they came so Good
    Thanks Lidia to share your recipes and Thanks to Aurora one too bring us nice food on the Table you are the Best. And Thanks to make coming this great person!!!! Buon Appetito!!!!!!!!
    I’m from Montreal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joanne

    I Love Lidia!!!! Learned how to make perfect pasta from Lidia .

  • Joanne

    I always have diced tomatoes in my pantry. If I use fresh I like local farmers and I use roma.

  • Joanne

    I liked on facebook!

  • Joanne

    I am following on twitter!

  • Joanne

    I subscribed recipideo on you tube!

  • Joanne

    1. jars of homemade sauce
    2. diced tomatoes
    3. local
    4. roma
    Toronto please

  • Mario Corrente

    Would love to see Lidia in Toronto!

  • Anne Bujold


    I’m Campbellton, New-Brunswick. I would love to assist to your as I’m at a verry big challenge in life in returning back to school to become an Italian Chef!!!!!! Where I come from the Italian culture is non existant, meaning that they don’t imigrate is this area. I was always drawn naturally to the culture and the food, can’t get enough!!!! So it would an honor and so much inspiring to assist to your show and most of all meet you.

    Thank you, I hope for the stars to take me there!!!!

  • Anne Bujold

    I would love to be at your taping!!!!!!!

  • Angela Lacalamita

    I would love to be at lidia’s taping.

  • Pamela Nastasi-White

    If there were a love button i would push it!!! Instead i liked you on facebook! 🙂