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Really good Balsamic vinegar, looking for suggestion

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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.

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          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.