Acetaia Leonardi Saba—the sweet, syrupy reduction of Trebbiano and Lambrusco grape must—is a unique and versatile ingredient. The family's Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes are grown in the 7 hectares surrounding the family home and acetaia. After a gentle crushing, the juice and pulp is coarsely filtered and the mosto (mash), is cooked (cotto) in an open cauldron at 175-200°F for over 24 hours, reducing it to about a third of its original volume.
The majority of the concentrated mosto cotto is placed in a batteria to be aged and acidified into various balsamici. Leonardi selects a certain portion of the mosto cotto to become Saba. They age it in large oak casks for four years, thickening the syrup and giving it a deep complexity, without converting it to vinegar.
The result is a pure, sweet, syrup expression of the Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes. Saba has a fruity character, raisin-like sweetness, and hint of acidity that complements both sweet and savory dishes. Its uses in the kitchen are endless. Glaze meats and vegetables with Saba while roasting. Add a teaspoon to salad vinaigrettes. Drizzle over fresh cheese or desserts like gelato and panna cotta. Top Prosecco with Saba or use in mixing cocktails.
What could I say about this? I ordered several items, and tasted all those that weren't immediately going to start degrading, including this. The flavor is so, so good. It has a very nice, dark raisin flavor, not in any way bitter, but not too overly sweet. The first thing I did was go buy vanilla ice cream and drizzle this on top. Brussel sprouts, asparagus, roasted sweet potatoes and peppers, you name it, this would be an amazing garnish. Won't be the last time I buy it. I would also like to add, my original order was damaged in transit and returned. The Ambrosi's reached out to ME, let me know what happened and apologized, and sent tge replacement right away. Brilliant customer service. Spend your money with them.
Glad you enjoyed the Saba!! It really is a special product. Acetaia Leonardi is one of our favorite acetaie in Italy! Thanks for the kind words, we do strive to do our best with each and every customer and we're glad we hit the mark with you. Please reach out if you need any recommendations on your next order! -Michael Ambrosi