Balducci's Debuts Own Label Caviar
Balducci's, the famed Greenwich Village gourmet shop that's become a retail juggernaut, has just introduced a new line of private label caviar in time for holiday celebrations. Balducci's Own Caviar comes in three basic varieties: Wild Caspian, which includes the famed Sevruga and Royal Osetra varieties, Farmed International, and Domestic. Part of the offering includes the first true Russian Sturgeon to be successfully cultivated in Germany for the production of genuine Osetra caviar (above). Prices range from $9.99 for domestic Salmon and Paddlefish all the way up to $1,500 for the precious Wild Caspian Royal Osetra. Balducci's states that all the caviars have been carefully selected for their "complex flavors and crisp, clean textures." Not having tried it we can't confirm that, but Balducci's typically adheres to pretty high standards.