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the stuff a year. Balsamic vinegar, another revered and, according to Milligan, woefully underutilized condiment of Italy, began to infiltrate the fancier American food networks around the same time as premium olive oil. The vinegar makes up the other half of Milligan's tasting room.

Milligan does sell a few other products at Fustini's, which opened in late June in the upstairs space that used to be Elephant Ears (which is now on the east end of the building). The shop has cruets, dishes, baskets, and a handful of other specialty oils and vinegars, but this is a store overwhelmingly devoted to the glories of the olive and the trebbiano grape (the source of balsamic vinegar)--in more flavors than Baskin Robbins has ice cream. Milligan calls the store a "tasting room and bottling facility." Prepare to spend some time tasting the oils and vinegars, which are housed in silver kegs flanked by little thimble cups for sampling. Most vinegars and oils range from $15 to $18 for a 375-milliliter bottle. When you make your purchase, the sealed bottle--decanted from the very keg you've sampled--has a label recently handwritten by Milligan.

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