Great for every day use, this versatile balsamic vinegar is produced according to the IGP production guidelines.
BALSAMIC VINEGAR OF MODENA I.G.P. (Indicazione Geografica protetta = Protected Geographical Indication). Since July 2009, this product has received from the European Commission the recognition of the IGP (Protected Geographical Identification) and therefore it is submitted to the European policy production. It has to reach 6% acidity and therefore it is made of cooked grape must (at least 20%) and wine vinegar in variable proportion. The thickness of this product depends on the content of cooked grape must and of course of the aging time of the must. Like all other balsamic condiments, the more it is aged, the more it is creamy and versatile in kitchen. Since the law does not allow the use of numbers on the labels of IGP balsamic Vinegars, we use symbols to indicate the ageing time: one barrel = 2 years.
What is Balsamic Vinegar of Modena?
It is a condiment typical of Modena area, made from cooked grape juice (called “MUST”), concentrated through a long cooking process and put on rest in wooden barrels to acetify and concentrate naturally.
All products from PONTE VECCHIO are made following the traditional methods handed down from father to son and using the ingredients provided by the local vineyards surrounding the farm, the typical Trebbiano white grape and Lambrusco red grape. From these two qualities of grapes, we obtain the “must” (cooked grape juice) which is the basic ingredient for the balsamic condiments here aged in the numerous wooden barrels located in the attics of the “Acetaia”.
The aged vinegar has very remote origins; the literature testifies that it was used as a “precious gift” offered to nobles, kings and intellectuals in sign of respect, peace or to pay some dues. It was also included in the ladies dowries for its medicinal properties and high value. Thanks to Giacomo Casanova who used to offer it to his lovers, the aphrodisiac reputation of the aged balsamic spread out but it is especially well-known for its digestive properties, this is the reason why an aged Balsamic (thicker and sweeter) can be used pure as an after-dinner.
The artisanal methods to produce balsamic Vinegar are handed down within the balsamic artisan families, they briefly consist of:
1. Pick-up of grapes typical of Modena area and immediate pressing to get the juice.
2. Cooking of the juice to get a concentrated must.
3. Aging of the must in wood barrels located in the “Acetaia”(attics of the houses, very cold in winter and very hot in summer to help the natural fermenting and concentration process).
4. Tasting and transfer from the barrels to the final bottle.
Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil by Galantino
This garlic extra virgin olive oil is part of Galantino’s line of delicious flavored oils. Produced by crushing the olives and fresh garlic together without the use of any added essences, its intense flavor is noticeably different.
In the 1990s the already renowned Galantino olive mill revived an ancient technique and produced their first flavored oil – lemon – by crushing the olives and fresh lemons together without any added essences. Now they produce many flavors of oil using this same technique. Enjoy all of Galantino’s vibrant and delicious flavors!
99% Extra virgin olive oil with 1% garlic.
Recommended for flavoring soups, bruschetta, meat, vegetables and for spaghetti.
Paccheri IGP, 500g
Pasta from Gragnano, a small hill town located outside of Naples, is extremely different than ordinary pasta. It may be because of the sea air, mountain breezes or traditional methods used, but the pasta from this area is nuttier in flavor and has more texture than normal pasta, which allows it to hold sauces better.
La Fabbrica della Pasta is located in Gragnano, the wonderful small hill town in the province of Naples famous for over 500 years for its production of pasta, or “macaroni.” Made from simple ingredients (Gragnano spring water, durum wheat semolina, passion, love and fantasy), pasta in Gragnano is said to be have been produced with three different levels of work: at the household level where women vie against each other for the most fusilli hand wraps in 1 hour, in the artisan level where essential secrets and traditions are handed down from father to son to achieve a product of excellent quality; and the industrial level for a consistently good pasta. So, pasta is pretty much a way of life in Gragnano.
La Fabbrica della Pasta has remained at the top of the twelve remaining pasta makers in the region (down from the original 300), and became the very first pasta factory in the world to obtain IGP (Protected Geographical Origin) certification for its pasta. They are also the first pasta factory in Gragnano to make a strictly bronze drawn artisanal Gluten Free Pasta!
In their own words…“A Gragnano pasta production is an ancient art, historical heritage, culture, traditions and secrets. To be born and to live means to be filled in Gragnano, intoxicated by the exciting flavors and scents of durum wheat semolina, pasta, and the result … like magic … you can not do without! Although we have not been able to resist the magic …. of exciting flavors and scents of Gragnano!”
Fantasia Colorful Hand-painted Ceramics by Galantino - Choose from 6 colors!
The “Fantasia" hand-painted ceramic comes in a variety of colors and is hand-painted by local artisans of the Puglia region of Italy, where the award-winning Frantoio Galantino olive mill is located. It is filled with their delicious authentic extra virgin olive oil.Order a mixed case or type your color preference in order notes.
Discover the passion of the Galantino Family, a family that has been masters of olive oil since 1926. They only select the best olives from their groves near Bari (Apulia), near the Adriatic cost, a region that produces more olives than anywhere else in the world. Even today, in this era of automation, all of Galantino’s Ogliarola and Coratina olives are hand-harvested the traditional way, by shaking the branches of the olive trees so that the olives fall gently onto canvas traps. In another nod to tradition, Galantino mills their olives with traditional granite millstones. Through cold extraction and strict quality testing, Galantino ensures that their extra virgin olive oil is consistently the best. With artistic packaging and fresh and smooth qualities, Galantino oils have won the most important international awards and accolades.