Get Suspicious

When the label of your Balsamic Vinegar lists more than ONE ingredient, get suspicious. Real, honest, good Balsamic Vinegar is made applying traditional techniques and incredible craftsmanship to one simple ingredient: 100% GRAPE JUICE In Vignola, in the province of Modena, Mariangela Montanari and her balsamic family run La Ca dal Non, passing down the art of…

The Gustiamo Cheese Board

Presenting the Gusti Cheese Board! This cheese board offers Italian vibes from south to north: featuring the Sicilian sun of Pantelleria, the pastures and vineyards of the Emilia Romagna food valley, and the breezy hills of Alta Langa. The star of the spread is a glorious yellow-tinged wedge of Vacche Rosse Cheese. With this Red Cow…

Pollo alla Saba (Chicken Vittorio Style)

This is a glorious version of your everyday recipe for chicken thighs. We tasted this recipe for the first time at Mariangela’s table, in Vignola. This recipe was invented and perfected by Vittorio, her father. Thanks to the combination of Balsamic Saba 3 and the sweet Saba, this pollo is an explosion of flavors: slightly…

Cook Risotto with Saffron, Cheese, and Balsamic

Warming, golden, deeply aromatic, velvety, with an extra umami final touch. Risotto is classic Italian comfort food and this is our favorite version of Saffron Risotto . Vialone Nano Rice  This rice variety, typical of the Veneto region, has round, minimally refined grains and is perfect for saffron risotto. The Vialone Nano rice kernel is…

Vendemmia in Modena

September and October in Italy are vendemmia time, grape harvest season. This year in Modena, Emilia Romagna the vendemmia was phenomenal. The grapes were plump, healthy, and perfectly sugary; exactly the right kind of grapes for making the best balsamic vinegar. For this year’s vendemmia we had a detailed balsamic reportage by our friend Viola Buitoni….

Risotto Zafferano and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

The saffron gives to this risotto rich notes of dried fruit and flowers with a hint of smokiness. Vialone Nano is the perfect rice variety for this dish; it absorbs all the flavors and keeps them locked in its round grains. The best part of this recipe is finishing the creamy, golden risotto with drops…

A Balsamic Summer Menu

Mariangela’s balsamic will make you rethink your idea of what a balsamic pairing should be. Mariangela makes her line of balsamic vinegars in Modena. All of her products are made with just one ingredient: organic grapes. From vineyard to bottle, Mariangela takes care of every single detail of her balsamic production. In fact, not only is…

Balsamic Talk on Heritage Radio at the Good Food Mercantile

Balsamic Lady Mariangela just flew from Modena to join us for a couple of days in San Francisco. Together, we converted the crowds to REAL Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, tasting after tasting. We were sponsors of the always inspiring Good Food Mercantile and there we sat down with Hannah Fordan of Heritage Radio for a…

Serve Cheese with Balsamic

This is the simplest and most iconic cheese pairing: it doesn’t get more Emilia Romagna than this. When the tart and viscous Traditional Balsamic Vinegar meets the savory and nutty Vacche Rosse Cheese, their flavors combine in an explosion of umami notes. These two food icons represent the historic culinary landscape and old food traditions of Emilia…

Pan di Saba, sweet bread

Chock full of nuts and dried fruits, this sweet bread is rich and festive. Saba is one of the oldest sweeteners of the Mediterranean area, so this recipe must have quite ancient origins. It’s one of those classic recycling creations that can be reinterpreted and adapted according to what leftovers of last night’s party you…