High quality 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 grape juice or cooked grape must, this masterpiece from Modena and Reggio Emilia 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 Aceto is transferred to different barrels in order to absorb the range of aromas from specific types of wood, giving it complex flavors. Some varieties have a smoky, savory quality while others have hints of fig, molasses, cherries, or raisins. Aging process: balsamic vinegar is aged a minimum of 3 months to the “Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena DOP" aged 12 months. The best traditional aged balsamic vinegar comes from Modena, a city and commune in Emilia-Romagna.
What dishes is Italian balsamico di Modena IGP 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, salad dressing, over ice cream, 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.
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena 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 Balsamics, including classic brands such as Due Vittorie, Roland Diamond, and Academia Barilla, white balsamic, products aged in wooden barrels for a minimum of 12 years or 25 years, and wine vinegar aged in wood barrels. You’ll also find unique, top quality bottles like Mussini Il Grande Vecchio, a balsamic which has been aged for 100 years! Shop for aceto balsamico di Modena igp today, add it to your ingredient list, and enjoy the extraordinary flavors of Old World cuisine.