Goldman's Italian-American

A lovely pinky red tomato with that beautiful and classic Italian look. Pear shaped – heavy on the bottom with lots of pleats and ruffles. Slices are gorgeous! 

Fruit are large, usually almost a pound but can be even larger. The flesh is very meaty. Amy Goldman in her book describes it as “voluptuous, red-ribbed, and very heavy in the hips – makes sauce as thick and rich as any tomato I’ve ever grown.” It is also great tasting fresh. 

The plant is tall with steady production but it does produce later in the season. Some things are worth waiting for.


On a trip to Italy in 1999, Amy Goldman, author of "The Heirloom Tomato from Garden to Table",  brought home seeds of a tomato that impressed her. According to her book, she found it at a roadside grocery store near the Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, a town in northern Italy. 

The tomato was similar in shape to Costoluto Genovese. In growing it out to de-hybridize it this variety emerged as the best. She honored her father by naming it after his family’s Brooklyn, NY store – Goldman’s Italian-American Grocery. The first listing in SSE was in 2008 – by Amy Goldman, of course.

Here is a video of a Google talk presentation Amy Goldman made about heirloom tomatoes:

Color: Red, Pink
Shape: Paste
Maturity: 80 Days
Plant Type: Indeterminate
Leaf Type: Regular
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