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Riccardo/IL Denso Giusti Balsamic Vinegar by Giuseppe Giusti
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Rich and thick on the palette, with a quality that is distinguished by its thickness and its sweetness.
Riccardo Giusti Balsamic Vinegar goes by many names. It is also known as "3 Gold Medals" or in Italy as "Il Denso". The recipe for this particularly unique balsamic was developed by its name sake, Riccardo Giusti. This balsamic starts out like any other traditionally made balsamic vinegar, with must from cooked grapes and aged wine vinegar. However, the grape must is made from grapes that have been sun dried. This is why the balsamic is much more dense and sweeter than balsamics of similar age. After the sun dried grape must is cooked and mixed with aged wine vinegar it is then combined with aged balsamic vinegar that has been extracted from centuries old casks. This layering of flavor and texture is what makes this balsamic vinegar of Modena so special and so unbelievably good.
We recommend using this Giusti Balsamic on fresh pasta such as ravioli, beef, soft cheese, fresh fruit, and desserts like ice cream. However, a few drops on a spoon never hurt anyone either.
Made in Italy just for you.
250ml bottle with beautiful gift box.
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by Meredith Carr (Houston, TX)
This is a staple in our kitchen… I won't eat a salad without it!!
June 06, 2015
by Kathleen Wetherby (Dover, MA)
I'm a bit of a nut about balsamic vinegars. I've tried innumerable brands over the years and I've just decided that life is too short for cheap balsamic! Of the expensive ones, this is by far my favorite. It is thick, sweet and tart in a complex and pure way. I buy the gold label to use in cooking or when a recipe calls for a lot or a reduction sauce, but this is the one I use for salads or to finish a dish, when the flavor of the balsamic will be prominent. It's not cheap, but once you taste it, you will think it's a good value. We also appreciate that Avanti Savioa packages their balsamics securely! That was an issue for us with another vendor.
June 02, 2015
by Edgardo Lob (Greenville, PA)
Since first trying this product we are hooked. Just the thickness of it promises gustatory pleasures. Once using the product we can not go back to the watery diluted vinegars served in restaurants or from the shelf. We buy this by the case and have hooked several of our friends who swear by this product. The best decision we have made regarding vinegars. Bravo..You will adore it...
March 30, 2015
I've personally never tried an Italian Balsamic before. Now I don't know how I will ever go back to the "imitation" balsamic vinegar that is mostly sold in large chain grocery stores. Giusti Balsamic vinegar is deliciously thick and has a superb sweetness to go along with fruity nose.
May 11, 2012
by Elizabeth Castenson (Reston, VA)
I've been sipping this by the shotglass-full
June 29, 2011
by Deborah Weiler (Arlington, VT)
This is one of my favorites. I feel so rich having this in my kitchen. My husband loves Italian cooking and this is one of his favorites too. He has a high expectation with Italian dining and this is a thumbs up for him.
July 31, 2010
by Anna Lyons (York, PA)
Excellent taste.. deep rich flavor that is just sweet enough. This balsamic over fresh sliced tomatoes and mozzarella.... sigh.... wonderful!!
May 13, 2010
by Stephen Franco (Harrison, AR)
A bottle of Riccardo/IL Denso is my first venture beyond $10/bottle grocery store balsamic. The Riccardo is certainly in a different league than what I've used before. As you can see, I don't have much basis for a comparative review, but I will say that I and everyone who has tasted the Riccardo are amazed. I'm ruined now, no more grocery store faux-balsamic for me, It's time for the good stuff!
by Jay Bullock (BRASELTON, GA)
TWO OF TWO OUR OUR BOTTLES LEAKED IN TRANSIT. GOOD BALSAMIC THOUGH.
October 30, 2009
by Brian Kuhn (Hemingford, NE)
We first came upon this fine balsamic on a trip to Italy, purchasing two bottles at Italian Loves, a little wine and balsamic tasting shop we found in Firenze. The price was double what you find here. I was going to buy it again from Italian Loves' web site, cringing at the cost of shipping, when I decided to go to Giuseppe Giusti's web site and contact them directly to see if they had outlets here in the U.S. The marketing director pointed me here, to Avanti Savoia. Bottom line -- The Riccardo/IL Denso is superb for cooking, as well as by itself on Parmigiano-Reggiano. Get it. Heck, at this price, get two!
October 16, 2009
by Kathryn Johnson (Charlotte, NC)
Cannot beat this for the price. We call it the black gold.... absolutely delicious.
August 25, 2009
by Robb Blanchette (Plano, TX)
I used this on watermelon as an amuse bouche and it was incredible! My guests wanted more!
June 17, 2009
Delicioso! A really nice balsamic vinegar at a really great price. This is the sweetest, thickest balsamic I've found at this price point and I recommend it to all my friends.
by Susan Dodson (Springfield, IL)