The perfect compliment for EVOO is a quality balsamic vinegar. Italians refer to Traditional Balsamic Vinegar as “tradizionale”, in contrast to the “industriale” or industrial vinegar on supermarket shelves.
The traditional, real balsamic vinegar is called “Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale”. It has a rich, deep, amber color, and is almost syrupy in texture. Its has a very intense flavor, and is a perfectly calibrated burst of sweet and sour.
“Balsamic vinegar starts as a tiny tingle at the tip of your tongue, and slowly expands into a mouth-filling, smooth, sensuous sweetness. The sourness is gentle, comforting; supportive yet never intrusive. Hints of plums, black grapes, wild currants, vanilla, a touch of oak.” ~Zingerman’s”
Traditional Balsamic vinegar is made with the “must” (freshly pressed juice of wine grapes – not wine) of the local Trebbiano and Spergola grapes. Because it is made from must, Aceto Balsamico is not strictly a “wine vinegar”.
The fresh must is brought to the acetaia, poured into open copper kettles, then cooked down to a thick, almost syrupy consistency. From the kettles, it is then transferred into wooden barrels.
Each vinegar maker uses his or her own, unique mix of woods. The barrel aging develops the flavor and characteristics of the vinegar. After twelve years in wooden barrels, a panel of experts taste tests each batch of vinegar.
These experts are from the Consorzio Aceto Balsamico, a body which oversees and monitors Aceto Balsamico production and ensures quality standards.
At Rosedale Brick Oven, we not only use a fine imported balsamic, we reduce it to the point where it thickens into a thick, holding glaze. It is used in such salads as our caprese and antipasti.
You can also enjoy Real Balsamic vinegar on our bruschetta, chicken milanaise, and pork chop specials. Go ahead…check out our menu and see if there’s something you like! To sweeten the deal, we’ve got a great deal going for Valentine’s Day.
By the way, if you’re in the Coral Springs, FL area, you’ll be happy to know that we’re opening a new location in your neck of the woods in May 2013! Can’t wait to meet you.
See you soon!