Saba dell’Emilia-Romagna, Sapa

Saba dell’Emilia-Romagna, also known as Sapa, is a traditional Italian sweet syrup made from cooked grape must. It is a specialty of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. Saba is commonly used as a sweetener in various dishes and desserts, and it has a rich, caramel-like flavor.

Saba can be found in several towns and communes in Emilia-Romagna, including Modena, Bologna, and Reggio Emilia. In Modena, you can find Saba at specialty food stores such as Acetaia Malpighi and Acetaia Giusti. In Bologna, you can find it at shops like La Bottega di Adelina and La Vecchia Dispensa. In Reggio Emilia, Saba is available at places like Acetaia San Giacomo and Acetaia Paltrinieri.

One popular recipe that uses Saba is the traditional Emilia-Romagna dessert called Zuppa Inglese. It is a layered dessert made with sponge cake, pastry cream, and chocolate. Saba is used to soak the sponge cake layers, adding a sweet and fruity flavor to the dessert. Another recipe that incorporates Saba is the Saba-glazed pork tenderloin. The syrup is used as a glaze to give the meat a sweet and tangy taste.

Saba dell’Emilia-Romagna has received the PAT (Traditional Agri-Foodstuffs) recognition, which is a certification that guarantees the traditional production methods and quality of the product. The specifications for Saba include using only locally grown grapes, cooking the must for a specific period of time, and aging it in wooden barrels for at least three years.

Sources:
– “Saba dell’Emilia-Romagna” – www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it
– “Saba: il mosto cotto dell’Emilia Romagna” – www.cucinaitaliana.it