Balsamic vinegar is such an essential part of both classic and modern Italian cuisine that it’s hard to imagine life without it. Made from fermented grape must, which includes the stems, skin, and juice of a grape, Italian balsamic vinegar has a characteristic sweet, tart taste and a velvety texture. Traditional balsamic vinegar starts with grapes, specifically the Lambrusco or Trebbiano varieties. During the fermentation process, the balsamic vinegar is transferred to different barrels in order to absorb the range of aromas from specific types of wood. Some varieties have a smoky, savory quality while others have hints of fig, molasses, cherries, or raisins. The aging process ranges from a minimum of three months for a “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena” to 12 years for the “Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP.” The best traditional aged balsamic vinegar comes from Modena, a city and commune in Emilia-Romagna.
What dishes is Italian balsamic vinegar used for?
One of the oldest and most essential ingredients of Modena cuisine, a bottle of aged balsamic vinegar is a must-have for your dinner table. For a gourmet touch, drizzle it over risotto, traditional veal scaloppini, or grilled meats and seafood as a flavor accent. For best results, we recommend using about a teaspoon just before serving, since heating it would destroy the distinctive flavor.
Italian balsamic vinegar can also enhance the flavor of creamy desserts like vanilla gelato or panna cotta. Add a few drops on berries and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or toss in a salad to play up the mellow flavor of fresh greens. It can also be used in sauces and marinades.
Where can I buy Italian balsamic vinegar online?
At Supermarket Italy, we feature a variety of the best Italian balsamic vinegar, including classic brands such as Due Vittorie, Roland Diamond, and Academia Barilla. You’ll also find unique, top quality bottles like Mussini Il Grande Vecchio, a balsamic which has been aged for 100 years! Shop for aged balsamic vinegar today and enjoy the extraordinary flavors of Old World cuisine.