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Ciao and the love for know-how in the brand’s new commercial

Ciao revolutionizes the concept of the canning industry with a new commercial dedicated to the love behind a job well done.
Discover what passion for excellence can do!

What is quality made of?

We’ve always told how the Ciao method mixes tradition with innovation in a production method rooted in the home culture of Southern Italy, but renovated with a touch of technological accuracy.

Accurate checks, a product selection that starts right from the field, incessant relationships with the entire supply chain, sample checks during the production process and after packaging.

This is what has been told so far and that will never change.
But behind a quality product there is much more.

There is the passion of a family that for generations has been nurturing the culture of Southern Italy and works to take the know-how of its South all over the world.
There is the pride of a close-knit group of workers who are aware that they are carrying on the tradition.

There is the warmth of Southern Italy, like that embodied by our “Ladies of Vesuvius”, the Campanian moms who look after our red gold, supervising the methodical work of the machines of our plant.

Why a new Ciao commercial?

Because we want to tell as CMDO focuses on the quality of the raw material, which is handled with the same care that is reserved for a family member.

Because we want to tell that we at Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli make our products together with those who choose the quality of Made in Italy and Made in the South, thinking that what will arrive in the pantries of artisans around the world must represent the pride of a country that in terms of food culture can and will always have its say.

Watch the video here

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Testimonials wanted!

Ciao Pomodori is looking for dishes, kitchens and artisans passionate about tradition and innovation to best represent all the passion of Southern Italy at the dining table. Here’s how to become the new Ciao face for your region!

Ciao Pomodori is getting closer and closer to pizza makers, cooks and chefs who every day interpret all of Italy’s passion for good food and for the Prince of Made in Italy recipes: the tomato.

That’s why the new faces of Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli can only be the artisans and enthusiasts who every day make Italy’s cuisine great and famous all over the world.

Here’s the identikit of the faces we’re looking for!

Italian chefs, cooks and artisans ready to let us into the kitchens of their restaurants and show us one of the specialties of the house in which basic ingredients and tomatoes exalt each other.

Our video staff will come on the spot to promote artisans, menus and restaurants.

Applying or participating in our initiative is simple. Just upload one or more stories on your Instagram profile and mention @ciaopomodori.

The video can be about the story of a tomato-based recipe, or a cooking philosophy, or an anecdote to tell the all-Italian passion of your restaurant for its tomato specialties.

Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli will collect and share all these stories on its channels and its staff will select one dish and one restaurant per region that will be featured in videos to be shared and promoted on its channels.

Do you feel full of passion for Italy?

We are waiting for your video application through Instagram stories

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Ciao at TuttoFood 2021

Not only Cologne, October includes a second face-to-face appointment with the world of catering excellence: from 22nd to 26th Milan will be the setting for a new live event: TUTTOFOOD, the B2B trade fair for the entire agri-food sector.



TuttoFood is one of the world’s most important reference points for producers and distributors of quality products for the entire food and beverage chain.

Italy is once again the cradle of culture, meaning as tradition, know-how and expertise.


To be the protagonist


Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli could not fail to be the protagonist of such an important event, since the mission of TUTTOFOOD is the enhancement of high quality products.

Product innovation, market trends and training: these are the themes of the 2021 edition that will give Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli the opportunity to show the ability of Southern Italy to bring together tradition and technological and qualitative evolution.



We look forward to seeing you at Hall 18 stand L40 L36″

Ciao ad Anuga 2021
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Ciao at Anuga 2021

It will be a month full of travel the October that awaits Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli. From 9th to 13th October, Ciao will be in Cologne to join the first post-pandemic face-to-face edition of Anuga.

The big international stages


All over the world there is an atmosphere of rebirth after the hard times of the last years. For Compagnia Mercantile d’Oltremare, of which Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is the main brand, it’s time to set off again toward the big international stages to tell the story of Southern Italy’s know-how.

The first stop

The first stop will be in Cologne from 9th to 13th October for Anuga, the world’s leading trade fair for the food and beverage industry, an essential showcase to present the brand’s innovations and the key points that make Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli at the same time both traditional and state of the art in terms of food safety technologies, environmental protection policies and energy and resource saving practices.



Anuga will be a double event that will let Ciao to tell its story both face -to-face and in streaming, through the Anuga@Home platform and the many initiatives and stories to follow via social media on Facebook and Instagram business profiles.
Many novelties await Anuga guests at HALL 11.2 – STAND E 046

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Peeled tomatoes of Naples: a processing method unique in the world

What makes so precious and traditional the processing method of our peeled tomatoes? Let’s discover together four of the reasons that make the working of our peeled tomatoes so unique

A method inspired by the way in which Southern Italy’s housewives traditionally preserve tomatoes for the winter. This is the inspiration behind the working process that makes unique the Southern Italy’s tomatoes such as those of Ciao.

But what’s so special about this methodology?

Here are three useful details to tell about it that cannot go unnoticed.

The processing of tomatoes from Southern Italy is unique because:

the tomato harvesting process is still tied to artisan dynamics, and is a true ritual that is renewed every year during the summer months.

the work in the fields and the contact with the farming community of the canning industry remain indispensable and even if technology will never replace tradition, it can be used to perfect and preserve the quality of the final product.

the canning process takes place immediately after the harvest and not longer than 6 hours after the fruit has been detached from the plant. This ensures that our tomatoes can maintain all the characteristics of a freshly harvested product even after 3 years of storage.

In short, the quality of the peeled tomatoes from Southern Italy is the result of an inseparable combination of agricultural know-how and technological progress that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world.

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IGP: Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli in defense of tradition

While preserving its mission tied to exporting the know-how of Southern Italy to more than 95 countries, Compagnia Mercantile D’Oltremare (CMDO) – with its main brand Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli – keeps a strong bond with the territory.

After all that between the tomato and Southern Italy as its chosen homeland is a long love story whose roots go back over the centuries.

Tomato arrived in Italy in the Sixteenth century as an ornamental plant being soon adopted by all Italian courts.

Its fruits were round and yellow.

In the next three centuries, thanks to the know-how of our farmers, the fertility of our land and some lucky action of Darwinian selection, tomato gradually evolved into an edible fruit, long and red.

And now we arrive at the beginning of the Nineteenth century, in Naples, where the San Marzano tomato will grow: long, red and extremely tasty.

Soon the Campanian housewives discovered that it was possible to preserve tomatoes in order to bring summer to the dining table all year round.

So at the beginning of the nineteenth century from the skills and care of the Campanian housewives the artisanal tradition of the tomato preserve was born.

It is exactly from this artisanal manufacture that the modern industrial preservation process adopted in the 1900s by Francesco Cirio comes, as testified by (and not by chance) the indication on the label of the words “Pomodoro Napoli”.

And it is this passage that makes us understand how the peeled tomato is closely tied to the canning process that makes it famous all over the world and therefore to the Neapolitan territory where it all began.

For this exact reason the founder of CMDO, Lino Cutolo, in 2014 formed a committee presided by him aimed to protect the peeled tomato and to push for the award by the European Union of the IGP status (i.e. protected geographical indication) to this unique product, making himself the promoter of the protection label.

Why do we need a trademark to protect the peeled tomato?

The IGP is a recognition that strongly binds a product to its territory. The link can be of two types

that between organoleptic characteristics of a product and its geographical origin and

the link between a processing method and the culture of the territory of origin.

As we have seen, the process of preserving long tomatoes has been closely tied to the Neapolitan tradition for more than a century, precisely because of the link between the product and the traditional preservation method borne in Campania.

People believe that Neapolitans know how to work this product better than others as Naples is the home of pizza and tomato macaroni too.

The story started in 2014 by Lino Cutolo, patron of CMDO, continues in March 2021 with the Mipaaf – the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry – accepting the request for recognition made by Campania’s canners, starting the procedure for the creation of an IGP Pelato di Napoli to protect and defend the product from unfair competition on the international markets, where Naples is practically synonym of the whole of Southern Italy.

This is a marketing operation aimed to protect the peeled tomato from possible foreign counterfeiting, putting under cover a unique way of working the tomato that gives prestige and safeguard to the entire sector of Southern Italy and agricultural processing of this product, a true prince of authenticity.

“Only by bringing the uniqueness of our know-how to the world – concludes Lino Cutolo, founder of CMDO – will we be able to give new breath to a market that is strongly at risk of decline, but which deserves all the laurels of the identity that only tradition can give!

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Pizza Village and Ciao: back to Naples

Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli continues its tour to tell the world about the ancient Neapolitan recipe of the truest pizza and does so as the protagonist of Pizza Village, obviously in a safely manner as required by these social distancing times. Here is the road map of the journey and the next stages.

Ciao is at the forefront of the new Napoli Pizza Village format too: Pizza Village Home, which aims to bring a slice of Naples to the whole world, always in full safety!
Ciao’s role has been and will continue to be that of the official tomato of the veracity of Neapolitan pizza in all the stages of its world tour.

Palermo and
New York
These are the routes covered so far by the delivery version of the pizza format that combines tradition and innovation.
Tradition is that of a simple and ancient recipe just as simple and ancient as are the ingredients used to make it. Innovation is that of a different way of telling the story, wherever it is enjoyed through new ways of interaction.

However, after so much going around, now is time to return home, to Naples.
The new leg of the tour, the most eagerly awaited, will therefore be the capital of Campania, on June 3-6.

Vincenzo Capuano
I Re di Napoli
Pizzeria 3.0 – Ciro Cascella
Napoli 1820
Cicciotto Pizzeria
Antica Pizzeria Da Gennaro
Pizzeria Errico Porzio
Federico Guardascione
Antica Pizzeria Vesi
Gino e Toto Sorbillo
L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele
Dalle Figlie di Iorio
Lucignolo Bella Pizza

These are the artisans who for 4 days will open the doors of their homes – their pizzerias – proposing unpublished recipes and many surprises exclusively for the days of the Pizza Village, finally to be enjoyed at the table in Neapolitan restaurants!

The Southern know-how of Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli and its master pizza makers, after having served as a common thread for all the fans of the world, comes back to look at Vesuvius, confirming pizza as a dish that gives joy everywhere: in the street, at home and now again in the pizzeria!

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The world tour in more than 90 countries of Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli

Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is part of the group CMDO (Compagnia Mercantile D’Oltremare), a company whose name – overseas mercantile company – in and of itself suggests a very special mission: to bring the excellence of Southern Italy around the world. But where exactly? Find out here.
Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is a company with its roots in the deep tradition of canning craftsmanship: a true pillar of the Southern Italy’s popular culture.
In the South of Italy, the homemade tomato sauce preparation (“Fare le bottiglie” as we say and which literally means ‘Do the bottles’) is still a ritual, a midsummer family tradition.
The Agro Nocerino Sarnese area is the heart of this ancient excellence that lets us offer the taste of the summer months all over the year.
Such know-how could not remain unknown to the world. And so, as early as the late 1970s, the company decided to offer the best of Southern Italy beyond the country’s borders and today the brand of Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli brand is present in 93 countries all over the world.


The CMDO’s sailing ship has docked at ports on all five continents.
From the United States to the Middle East, from Australia to Japan: Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is sought after by artisans across the globe.

The countries of Ciao’s world

So here is the complete distribution list beyond Italy.
And you? What city are you from? Find your city and taste our flavors!

Ciao e Pizza World Masterclass
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Ciao and Pizza World Master Class

Ciao wants to show how the Neapolitan pizza is an extremely popular dish and does so by becoming a partner of Pizza World Master Class, the master class about the Neapolitan homemade pizza which will be held in a streaming-only event on January 17th. Find out how to join in.
Imagine a team of excellent pizza-makers, a very famous pizzeria, the art of the Neapolitan pizza – now an UNESCO World Heritage, and excellent ingredients and you will have the mosaic of Pizza World Master Class, the master class about the Neapolitan pizza that will be held strictly online to comply with the current health regulations.
How to join?
Joining is very simple: you must register using the following links

The seminar

The seminar will be held directly in Pizzeria Sorbillo, one of the most important restaurants in Naples.
Gino Sorbillo, Alessandro Condurro, Davide Civitiello, Enzo Coccia, will take turns at the workbench and at the wood oven to explain how to realize the homemade version of the most eaten dish in the world.
Pizza World Masterclass will show you the secrets of kneading and handling the dough, guiding you from the rising to the baking, in a true portrait of the Neapolitan pizza with its greatest stars.

This seminar will give the opportunity to home cooks to make a perfect pizza at home. Focusing on the home version of the pizza and the fact that you can watch it comfortably from your home are the main differences from usual similar events.

Ciao knows how the importance to show the proper techniques of the art of the Neapolitan pizza as in accordance with the principles proposed by the trade associations. Too many are the attempts of imitation and mystification of a dish that remains and will always remain Neapolitan and popular in its DNA.
See you on January 17th, don’t miss it!

Ciao è il pomodoro perfetto per la tua pizza
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Why Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is perfect for your pizza

How should it be the perfect tomato for a Neapolitan pizza? Simpler pizzas like Marinara or Margherita certainly need a product with the right balance in terms of consistency, sourness, freshness and flavor. Let’s see together why Ciao is the right choice for your wood oven.

With or without precooking? And how should the crushing be? More or less dense? As Margherita and Marinara are the simplest pizzas on the menu, the few ingredients that top them must match perfectly.
So, here are some helpful tips about what to ask of the tomato you choose for your White Art.


The identikit of the perfect tomato

Some prefer to cook the tomato before seasoning their Margherita or Marinara. However, this certainly deprives of freshness and Sun flavor the final result, as it implies a second cooking step.

At the same time, there exist in kitchen acidity regulators like sugar or corn starch that although natural they certainly alter the original taste of the topping.

So why not choose a tomato 100% compliant with the AVPN regulations of the true Neapolitan pizza?

The ‘Disciplinare’ of the true Neapolitan pizza

According to the Disciplinare della Verace Pizza – the official regulations that put in writing all the principles of the art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’, now recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Humanity, the tomato for the Pizza Marinara and Pizza Margherita must be
Fresh or peeled
If peeled tomatoes are used, they must be chosen between the Roma or oblong and San Marzano tomatoes
and then they will have to be drained and hand-crushed to obtain the right consistency and not to alter it.

In order to choose the tomato for the Neapolitan pizza, it is therefore necessary to take into account the following parameters.

Density: considering also the addition of other ingredients and the subsequent oven cooking, the tomato should not be too liquid or too dense

Freshness: a tomato such as Ciao, processed just a few hours after the harvest, allows to preserve all the flavor of a summer product

Acidity: in this case too it is necessary to attain a balance between the sugary and acid components of the vegetables, therefore they must be preserved at the right level of ripeness

Flavor: according to the Disciplinare, tomatoes must be already salted before being put on the dough disc. This means that the freshly opened product must contain the salt quantity necessary to take into account this step that precedes the baking in the oven.

Ciao – Il Pomodoro di Napoli is designed for Neapolitan and Italian traditional dishes and therefore has what it takes for an excellent pizza.