"It starts with the distinct flavor of Italian basil, freshly plucked from the garden -- summer distilled down into a teaspoon, washing pleasantly over every taste bud.
And then it transforms and there are strawberries, warmed by the sun, lingering like a late June twilight, a luxurious afterthought.
The taster’s face blooms with pleasure: The pairing of basil-infused olive oil and strawberry balsamic vinegar is a pure delight. The connoisseur grins, pleased to have elicited such a response. He pokes a finger into the air in a “just wait” gesture, his expression speaking volumes. He has another palatable creation to share.
“This!” he says, taking up a small sampling cup from atop a thick cutting board, “This is a sweet pepper stuffed with mascarpone and drizzled with Saba, which is a traditional dark balsamic vinegar.”
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