Edit: Fixed some wording on the balsamic to match Casa de Case's explanation. I knew what I meant was the same as what they were saying, but I guess it was unclear.
Also changed it from half the price to quarter the price, since based on Casa de Case, that's more accurate.
I rarely post, but I had to for this.
This Balsamic is amazing. If you're comparing it to a grocery store, don't because they're literally different products. You will never use this like you would a normal vinegar in cooking- maybe in a reduction.
If you manage to get some Olio Nuovo, either from here or directly from Casa de Case, it makes literally the most delicious salad dressing ever- just mix with the Olio Nuovo in a 3:1 ratio (oil:vinegar) and it'll be unbelievable. I sometimes use less oil, because I absolutely love this Balsamic.
"The short answer is that Cavedoni Botte Piccola is not a tradizionale classified balsamic"
The people saying it isn't as good as true Balsamic probably mean tradizionale classified, as this is still balsamic. They are correct in that- and Casa de Case says so themselves on their website.
However, as pointed out, this is about a quarter the price of that kind of balsamic, and the 5-dollar shipping instead of paying for air-freight from Italy is pretty special. Seriously, anyone who has ever tasted it is buying two, right now, without pausing. You want this, and if you don't get it because it sells out, you should even go to the Casa de Case website and order it anyway at whatever they are charging, because everyone ever should taste this.
Casa de Case rarely posts in these threads and offers their more aged, awesome super-balsamic that supposedly is better than this, as a side note. It's always super-limited supply (like 3-10) and sells out nigh-instantaneously.
It really is good on strawberries- but my favorite use is in a strawberry-and-baby-spinach (and other things) salad, as the dressing I noted above. It's just unbelievably good.
Final note: If you made it to this, and didn't buy it yet, go and buy it. You won't find anyone who actually ordered it saying anything bad other than "It's a little too rich in flavor for me" and to find those you'll have to dig through 100+ posts like this one, raving that this is unbelievable.