balsamic vinegar

Old Feb 1st, 2001, 08:11 AM
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balsamic vinegar

Will be in Florence area for a couple of weeks. Does anyone know anything about balsamic vinegar - how to choose it etc. I understand Modena is a place to go to buy it but does anyone know where there and what kind? Or anywhere else in the Tuscan region to get it??
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 08:42 AM
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lyv; Balsamic vinegar is one of my top ten fav. food products. I am not an expert, but I do love the stuff...even over ice cream, yummm!
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 08:59 AM
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I believe it's all about the aging of the vinegar--- the older it is, the better... and the more expensive.
For me, anything in the 8-12 year range is quite good- but you can also buy balsamic aged 50-80 years- if you've got $150+ to spend on 3.5 oz of vinegar!
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 10:11 AM
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All true. It gets sweeter and denser as it ages, and there is a lot of wastage. I find very old balsamic vinegar really a bit too much! Ice cream actually sounds like quite a good idea.
Old Feb 1st, 2001, 10:34 AM
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Try a nice aged one drizzled over freshly shaved parmigiano, it's to die for. A most basic little dish that's amazing!

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