Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro Sauce Review

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This month I was fortunate enough to receive a complimentary sample of pasta sauces from GL Mezzetta . Mezzetta is a Napa Valley specialty food producer, best known for domestic and imported peppers & olives, and now for their foray into the sauce world.

I must admit, when I started my blog earlier this year, I couldn’t have imagined that people would seek me out, send me samples & ask for my opinions! How great is that? I mean who doesn’t like something gratis? And, I’m always especially tickled when they’re FULL size samples.

My sauces arrived in very clever packaging. I’m a detail girl & I ALWAYS notice the details. It was a wooden wine box and when you slid the top off you had 2 beautiful full size jars of sauces. The wine box was indicative of the appellation Napa Valley Wines that are found in the Mezzetta sauces. Wine always lends a richness to sauces. Always.

I received a classic Marinara & a creamy Marinara sauce for review.

I was, as always, a little skeptical but very intrigued by the “bistro” sauce. I’m not a huge fan of jarred sauces. But as we all know, sometimes we simply don’t have the hours it takes to make your own sauce. I decided for my first tasting I would try the Creamy Marinara. I cooked up some gnocchi, tossed with the creamy marinara and garnished with (what else) fresh parmigiano reggiano (which, thanks to my recent trip to Italy, I am now stocked up on).

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I must say that the sauce held it’s own. It had an amazing texture thanks to the chunks of onions, garlic and tomatoes inside (which, by the way, are imported Italian plum tomatoes). Lending itself more to the sauce you would make at home & distancing itself from the over processed oh-so-smooth & bland sauces you tend to find in mass amounts at your local grocer. The flavor of the imported tomatoes really shines through and with the addition of the wine it brings a new level of complexity to the sauce.

Now if they would have just sent me a bottle of that wine to go along with it! Maybe next time…Thanks again Mezzetta for alllowing me to sample your products.

With that said, I would, of course, when I didn’t have time to make my own sauce, happily use a jar of the Mezzetta “bistro” sauces! Hope you’ll give it a try & be sure to let me know which one you sample!

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11 Comments

  1. 1

    thats cool you got samples, but i confident yours is better he he

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    Mrs. Saul /

    i love their olives, so i have high hopes for the sauces as well!

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      Paula /

      Thanks Lainie! Let me know which sauces you try! They have quite a few. I haven’t had their olives but will have to pick some up next time I see them in the grocery!

  3. 3

    Paula,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I’m like you not a huge fan of jarred sauces however I must try this cause I do like their other product line.

    What I would love to find is a bolognese sauce recipe…………would ya happen to have one in your bag of tricks??

    • 3.1

      Ciao Doodles! Yes, I do have a Bolognese sauce. It’s on the list to work on in the next little bit so stay tuned ; ) It’s the perfect fall/winter sauce!

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    I knew I could count on you Paula. A favorite eatery, where we are at this month, serves it with a wonderful homemade cheese ravioli.

    CANNOT WAIT!!! thanks

    • 4.1

      You’re too sweet! Homemade cheese ravioli w/Bolognese sauce sounds ah-mazing!

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    Tina /

    We just had the Arrabiata Pasta Sauce last night and it was definitely a winner. It had the right amount of spice for that slight kick. It had amazing flavor and made our spaghetti dish 100% better. My husband commented and said that it was one of the best spaghetti dishes he’s had by far, and we’ve been to Italy! Thanks Mezzetta, you truly have made a fan and if I am able to purchase this in San Antonio, then I’ll be even more content! Try the Arrabiata Pasta Sauce – it is AMAZING!

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    I use these sauces pretty regularly. I am amazed at how fresh they taste. Every one is based on fresh ingredients and California wines, except perhaps the vodka style marinara. My favorite. Beside Hanger I, does California make vodka?

    My husband always made his aunt’s true Italian gravy, when he cooked, I never thought I would find anything nearly as good.
    Just shows how wrong you can be…

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    Troy Howard /

    Hello. I would just like to say that I have been on a long taste test to find the best commercially available jarred sauces. I’ve ranged from Victoria’s Tomato and Basil all the way down to Price Rite, Shopper’s Value Meat Sauce, Red Pack, and even Susquehanna Harvest, and as much as I could in between. Finally tried Mezzetta Roasted Garlic sauce today. It was definitely the freshest and highest quality sauce I have ever had from a jar. The taste was a little too strong and slightly unpleasant and overpowering of garlic and wine. So it’s not my favorite sauce. It’s my 3rd favorite, behind Victoria’s and Bertolli. But yes, a pleasant surprise. And I got it for $2, too. I’ve seen it selling for $6.

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