FOOD REVELATION: ACETO BALSAMICO (MODENA, ITALY)

I came across some amazingness while vacationing in Riccione. It’s called Aceto Balsamico, better known by many as Balsamic Vinegar.

Yes, I know you’ve heard of it before. I know you’ve put it on your salad, maybe into your dips and your marinades… but have you ever really paid any attention to it?? I hadn’t, until now.

On the last day of our trip, we decided to have lunch out in town (since we’ve been eating at the hotel restaurant for the past 7 days). I spotted KALAMARO FRITTO D’OSTERIA and got the stamp of approval from a local.

I took a look at the menu and analyzed my options. It was pretty clear that I was ordering seafood. Fritto Misto (fried seafood with zucchini and carrots) to be specific. So I started off with an artisan beer to cool off from the heat.

Birra Artiginale 3,50: Tasted like a Light Lager, so refreshing!


Complimentary: Homemade Potato Chips

Complimentary: Bag O’ Bread & Piadine with Fritto Misto

Fritto Misto 14,00: Hands down, the BEST Fritto Misto I’ve ever had.

NOW. Here it is. The Aceto Balsmicos of all Balsamicos.

If you look to the right of the bottle there is a little blurb written on the menu. The restaurant recommends this particular balsamic vinegar to be poured on top of the Fritto Misto instead of using the tradition lemon juice.

So I was a little skeptical, but I followed orders and poured some on the side. Dipped a small piece of fried calamari into the sauce, took a bite and then I grabbed the bottle and poured it all over my plate. PURE AMAZINGNESS.

FRIED CALAMARI + BALSAMIC VINEGAR =  GENIUS.

The sweetness of the balsamic vinegar really complimented the fried seafood & veggies. So impressed with this new revelation, I bought a bottle for 18,00. Don’t judge me. Some people buy keychains for souvenirs, I buy balsamic vinegar.

Incredibly full from the Fritto Misto, it wasn’t possible to order another dish. However, I managed to make room for Lemon Sorbetto 4,00!

Honestly, if I had time to go there for dinner that night (needed to catch the train back to Milan at 5:42pm), I would’ve. Highly recommend this restaurant for their Fritto Misto (there are four versions, but my version was the waiters favorite). They might ask you if you want one Fritto Misto per person, but 1 portion can be shared between 2, maybe 3 people!

Following the Fritto Misto, my recommendation is to skip the first courses (heard the couple next to me complain about the risotto) and go straight to the second courses! I stalked all of the dishes that came within my proximity and I definitely would’ve picked the mussels if I had room for more food.

Try it, the view is great and the seafood is awesome!

Porto Canale Riccione
Tel. 0541/690562

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