The thought of sampling vinegar dribbled straight into a spoon is enough to draw anyone’s face into a squeamish pucker. But traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena, aceto balsamico t radizionale di Modena, is not just any vinegar, and it’s anything but bitter. Instead, it’s considered the king of vinegars and one of Italy's most important culinary l...

The Consortium for the protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is preparing for another year full of events and surprises. 2018 was an intense but successful year which saw the project “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, The Original” present on many fronts. The activities opened in February with the Consortium’s presence at the South Beach Wine & Food F...

The first time I went to Italy, for a 10-day backpacking adventure the summer after I graduated high school, I relied on Eurail and confined myself to Venice, Milan, Florence, and Rome. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had a very nice trip. Years later, I returned with someone who actually knew the country and spoke Italian... total gamechange...

The area of production of balsamic vinegar falls within the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in Emilia-Romagna, where there are ideal climatic conditions and grapes have the right concentration of sugars and acidity. The practice of cooking grape must goes back to the ancient Romans: the so-called sapumwas used both as a medicine and in the k...

In Italy it's called the vendemmia, or grape harvest. Yet this lambrusco grape varietal won't become a red wine, but, something else, which could take far longer to mature. This is where balsamic vinegar begins. Rolando Beramendi is a chef, cookbook author, and importer of artisanal Italian foods. He told correspondent Seth Doane, "Yes, the balsami...

At the helm of the world's currently top-rated restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, is Massimo Bottura, a recognizable face and personality from Chef's Table and Aziz Ansari's Master of None. Eating at Bottura's small, highly sought after restaurant can be close to impossible, but you even without achieving a top chef status, you can s...

While Italy might be famed for its art, history and food, it is also home to some of the creepiest tourist attractions on Earth, meaning you can celebrate this Halloween by visiting Mussolini's bunker or marvelling at a severed finger. Dark tourism is not a new phenomenon. Medieval pilgrims walked countless miles to visit the tombs of saints and gr...

“The magnificent 12th-century cathedral at Modena, the work of two great artists (Lanfranco and Wiligelmus), is a supreme example of early Romanesque art. With its piazza and soaring tower, it testifies to the faith of its builders and the power of the Canossa dynasty who commissioned it.” Thus Unesco describes the complex of Modena’s Cathedral, To...

A slice of cod placed on julienne-sliced vegetables, served in a squid ink broth and topped with a sprinkling of powdered seaweed and sea urchins. The dish that the Modenese chef Massimo Bottura created to pay homage to jazzman Thelonious Monk, reminds me of Malevič’s Black Square painting and  makes me think that, if art were to enter Bottura’s -...

Aceto Balsamico di Modena PGI (Balsamic Vinegar of Modena) will be the protagonist of a series of events and important collaborations with U.S. partners throughout the month of October, as part of the project ‘Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, The Original’ funded by the EU. “More than a year after the start of the American project – explains the directo...