Agrodolce. Our favorite Italian food word. New Balsamico!

Agrodolce is the Italian word for something that is both sweet and savory. This Balsamo is Agrodolce perfection. The ingredients, or perhaps we should say “ingredient” (there is just one), is cooked grape juice a.k.a “mosto cotto.” It’s made by Mariangela Montanari and her family. The grapes that they use are grown organically in their…

Getting Real with Real Balsamic

Mariangela Montanari’s family has been making Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale in Modena for centuries. It’s Gustiamo‘s Ca dal Non. She wants to make sure we all understand that there is only ONE Balsamic Vinegar. It is the “Tradizionale”.  And when we say “real”, we mean Traditional Balsamic Vinegar or Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale. As Mariangela recently explained…

This Will Make You Look Good – Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale

Exactly 2 weeks ago, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar maker Mariangela Montanari from Modena convinced me on Facebook to try my hand at Panna Cotta. Since then I’ve been making Panna Cotta like there’s no tomorrow. All my friends love it! This is what my friend Marcy had to say after dinner at my place: “This Panna…

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale – 100 Years with a Twist of Juniper!

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale of Modena is certified by the Consortium. They taste the precious liquid and attest that it has the qualities of a (at least) 12 year old or 25 year old balsamico tradizionale. The consorzio only certifies these 2. The first is Ivory Label, the second is Gold Label. Several “acetaie” (vinegars families/establishments),…

There Is Only ONE Balsamic Vinegar!

We love Michael White! He is as opinionated as we are and he hates cheap industrial balsamic vinegar such as those you typically find in supermarkets and specialty stores.  Michael White, in an interview in the Wall Street Journal, says: “I can do without all the different types of balsamic vinegars. The huge commercial market…

Balsamico!

Balsamico! is a wonderful book by food author Pamela Sheldon Johns. A “must have”, if you are into authentic italian ingredients. Nothing to do with the balsamico sold in supermarkets, which is a cheap colored dark brown liquid full of chemicals. It’s a book about “aceto balsamico tradizionale”, a revered treasure, so important to Italian…