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Sep 7, 2007 01:01 PM

Aged Balsamic Vinegar Pasadena

I'm making ribeye with aged balsmic cherry tomatoes. I need a good quality aged balsamic vinegar. I usually get it at Brentwood Farmer market but I can't wait. I'm in the Pasadena and San Gabriel area

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  1. They sell it at better supermarkets (Whole Foods & HOWS), but you've got several other options.

    They have good aged balsamic at the new Porta Via foods, located at the corner of Fair Oaks & California. I've been meaning to post about this new place, which has a great selection of Italian products, as well as beautiful and yummy prepared foods and sandwiches. It's my new favorite place.

    There's also Claro's Italian market & deli. There's one in Arcadia on Huntington Drive, just east of Santa Anita. I believe there's one in San Gabriel somewhere, too.

    1. Porta Via in Pasadena.

      They have a small, but nice, selection of aged BV, including some 100, 50 and 25 year olds.

      2 Replies
      1. re: ipsedixit

        Using 100 year old balsamico tradizionale for anything except slurping straight from the bottle is a crime.

        1. re: RicRios

          Two drops on a chunk of red cow parmesan isn't so bad.

      2. nicole's gourmet imports in so pas has some nice ones.

        1. It may not work for you timing-wise, but at the Old L.A. Farmer's Market in Highland Park (Tues from 3 - 8, near the Goldline station at Ave. 57 and Marmion Way, a block east of Figueroa), there's a vendor that has wonderful aged balsamics (several varieties), gorgeous olive oils, avocado oils and cheeses. It's a tiny farmer's market, but this guy is a regular and has great stuff.