The Italians possess a love of life - la dolce vita - that is second to none. Simple daily routines and mundane items are braided together in an exquisite celebration of life. And nowhere else is this more prevalent than in the Cucina - the kitchen!
Only the truest - most authentic - ingredients will do. There is no rush, no corners cut to bring generational dishes to the table to share with family and friends.
Hand made pasta so tender it melts in your mouth, cheeses that can stand in as desert, cured meats that are without compare, brilliant wines….and, not least of all, the coveted Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (Aceto Balsamico di Modena) are the staples of the Italian kitchen. Gatherings centered around meals are an event to be remembered and cherished.
For more than 30 years we have had the pleasure of experiencing this lifestyle first-hand, spending much our time in Italy in Modena, the only true source of Balsamic Vinegar. The history and art form involved in the making of this liquid gold could fill a library. Much like wine, the grapes, the ground, the temperature, the humidity all effect the final product. We were enthralled!
And so in 2005, after passing the baton to new ownership in our businesses here in the States – MIE Corp., Maserati Club International and Concorso Italiano (all related to Italian automobiles and lifestyle) – we moved to Italy.
Down a narrow lane in the heart of Lambrusco country, a line of rich Balsamic vinegars made from an award winning Modena family recipe – handed down from mother to daughter over the centuries – is produced in limited quantities.
We weren’t the only ones who thought this particular Balsamic stood above the rest. The family’s Balsamico had been winning blind tasting awards and consistently been voted top in its class for over 85 years.
Together our families collaborated to create an exciting new Balsamic offering – a rich, thick reduction – made from a proprietary blend of their 25, 12 and 2 year-old Balsamic. It has many of the same taste characteristics as the very expensive traditional aged balsamic. We believe that it is the best Balsamic glaze on the market.
We had a desire to share the story of Modena's rich history of Balsamic – and it is realized in the form our premium quality, authentic, all natural Balsamic reduction – Mandarano Balsamic Glaze & Sauce.
This is a labor of love. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy bringing it to you.
From Our Family to Yours ~ The Mandarano Family