Sugo Al Pomodoro is the quintessential Italian tomato sauce. With a list of only 3 ingredients, its flavor is largely dependent on their quality. Fortunately, it has become easier and easier to find good quality ingredients in American super markets! Obviously, tomatoes are the focal ingredient, so the most care should be made in selecting them. Sometimes supermarkets will stock different brands of tomatoes in their ethnic foods aisle. Often, the better tasting tomatoes are cheaper than the core American brands!
If possible, you want to find San Marzano tomatoes. San Marzanos are a low-acid variety of Roma tomatoes. You also want to find a brand that has as few extra ingredients as possible. The ingredients list should ideally list just tomatoes and water. Citric acid is occasionally added as a color fixative, but anything more than that and you’re working with an inferior product that someone is trying to doctor for you! Since the ingredient list is short and cheap, try different brands until you find the one that you like the best.