When chefs from Barbacco to the French Laundry need the best Italian ingredients, they call up importer Howard Case of Casa de Case. Here are his picks for pantry essentials.
The high-acid, dense, and sweet San Marzano tomato has an unrivaled mystique. At Una Pizza Napoletana, owner-chef Anthony Malgieri uses Solania brand D.O.P. (protected designation of origin) tomatoes to make the sauce for his legendary pizzas. $5 (28 ounces) at Williams-Sonoma, 2 Embarcadero Center, 415-421-2033.