Based on other reviews, I omitted the sugar and replaced the cinnamon with nutmeg. Otherwise I followed recipe exactly. It was a big hit...tasted nice and rich, just the way I wanted it.
I read the other reviews so decided to experiment a bit. Used my grocery store's meatloaf mix (1 lb ground round/1/2 lb ground pork sausage) so no veal. Then added pancetta which I browned along with the other meats. Then I split the batch for seasoning: 1.) 1/3rd as the recipe is given with sugar, cinnamon, oregano & thyme (everything in the correct proportions); 2.) 1/3rd with no sugar, no cinnamon but oregano & thyme per recipe; 3.) 1/3rd with no sugar, no cinnamon and substituted 1/2 T basil and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg for the oregano & thyme. I didn't care for the 1/3 with the sugar & cinnamon, but loved both thirds without; probably preferrring the basil version, if I had to pick just one.
This sauce was so sweet, no one in my family was able to eat it. Don't think this recipe is for us. Won't be trying it again.
Needs some work. Maybe not add the cinnamon at all or add less? Not writing this off yet just need to tweak a little.