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Sep 25, 2011 05:03 PM

Really good Balsamic vinegar, looking for suggestion

I am looking for a Balsamic to give to someone as a gift whose standard is Villa Manadori Balsamic Vinegar from Sonoma. Equal to, better than or very different from, at about the same price or a bit more.
Ideas? sources? Formaggio is close and usually reliable. Does anyone recommend one of their Balsamico Tradizionale from Modena or Reggio Emilia?

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    1. I can't think of specific brands, but the gourmet food section by the deli of the Fruit Center market place in Milton has a really nice selection of balsamic vinegars and olive oils, amongst other great food items.

      There's also a Sur la Table in the South Shore plaza and the last time I was there, I tried a nice white balsamic vinegar that was delicious. I think it was something like $40/bottle.

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      1. re: kobuta

        you should try various 40 to 50 dollar bottles of real modena vinegars; they have some good ones at Whole Foods.

      2. Sulameria has some very nice ones.

        1. the staff at Formaggio Cambr. was very helpful when i bought a few from them earlier this yr. They have the largest selection i have ever seen. Al at capone foods in union sq. has diff ones open that you can taste.

          Formaggio Kitchen
          244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Capone Foods
          14 Bow St, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. I bought a bottle of Acetalia La Bonissima Gold at Pemberton Market, and it's delicious. I use tiny dribbles of it on fruit or tomatoes.