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It's Tomato Festa at Eataly Boston!

It's Tomato Festa at Eataly Boston!

Get ready, amici – tomato season is in full swing! From August 15–28, we're embracing all things tomato and making the most of peak pomodoro season – in true Italian fashion.

Enjoy the glorious bounty of the season with bright juicy heirlooms, and sweet, tangy cherry tomatoes, and discover unique, lesser-known varieties like green zebra and sungold tomatoes. So whether you’re layering slices with fresh mozzarella and basil for a classic Caprese (more about that below), adding little bursts of fresh flavor to your pasta salad, or simply topping off your burger with a juicy slice, we’ve got an incredible range of seasonal and local tomatoes to explore!

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It's hard to miss the rainbow explosion of local and vine-ripened tomatoes in our marketplace. Picked at the peak of ripeness and bursting with flavor, our selection of seasonal tomatoes includes even the most unique varieties to pair with your summer dishes!

Try peak-season San Marzano tomatoes bursting with the flavor of Sicily, or colorful Heirlooms, each one unique due to lack of genetic mutations found in commercial tomato varieties.

The tomato festivities don't stop at our fresh market – browse our dry market to stock up on high-quality Italian tomato products to enjoy all year long! Harvested at peak ripeness to capture the full flavor of Italian summer, find everything you need to make the perfect Italian meal in your own kitchen, from passata and sauces, to bronze-extruded pasta.

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1. Tomato seedlings have been grown in space.

2. There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato in a range of colors – from pink, purple, black, yellow and even white.

3. The Guinness World Records holder for heaviest tomato weighed a whopping 10lb 12.7 oz (4.896 kg) when measured in Walla Walla, Washington, USA, on July 15, 2020. 

4. Tomatoes are a rich natural source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that's good for the heart and effective against certain cancers. 

5. Tomatoes are made up of about 95% water – a great source of hydration in the summer months! 

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As with most high-quality summer produce, the best way to take advantage of your raw ingredients is to let them speak for themselves. In true and authentic Italian style, simplicity takes the stage with fresh, seasonal dishes.

A timeless classic, Caprese is a quintessential summertime dish in Italy. Legend has it that this summer staple was born during the 1950s in the southern region of Campania on the Isle of Capri (hence the name caprese). Light to taste and easy to assemble, the key to making this salad is using the highest quality ingredients you can find, especially the tomatoes which should be at their peak of ripeness! Seek juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes, creamy, freshly-made mozzarella, and bright, fragrant basil. And don’t forget that seasonings count: look for high-quality extra virgin olive oil (here’s how), sea salt, and freshly-ground black pepper. Get the guide to the perfect caprese here!

Hungry to learn more about tomatoes? Discover our top five tomato recipes, and stop by our marketplace to speak with our experts. Take some home to enjoy during their peak seasonality!