Truffle hunting and truffle hunting in Italy is a UNESCO Intangible Heritage Site


All about truffles, from hunting to tasting: Molise, Umbria and Emilia Romagna serve up the most entertaining and gourmet winter on the table, with the king of the woods as an accomplice: the delicious truffle, which is first hunted and then tasted

The truffle is the undisputed king of winter, the protagonist of taste experiences but also of exciting activities in nature. Nomen Omen the ancients used to say: “destiny is in the name”, never so true as at the Il Tartufo di Borgotufi restaurant, an albergo diffuso in Castel del Giudice (IS) in Molise, where the underground mushroom is the ingredient of several dishes by chef Marco Pasquarelli such as the “Tartare di Manzo autunnale” (Autumn Beef Tartare) (Hazelnut, turnip, mustard and truffle) or the “Tortello di pecora, saffron, caciocavallo and truffle”. Among the beautiful lands of the Molise-Abruzzo Apennines, you can take guided tours to get to know the king of the woods at close quarters and participate in delicious tastings with Le Tartufaie di Ateleta (AQ) – official suppliers to the restaurant – and visit the Truffle Museum in San Pietro Avellana (IS) with multimedia and multisensory sections. (Tel. +39 0865946820, www.borgotufi.it). In Umbria, at the Relais Borgo Campello in Campello sul Clitunno (PG), winter is the ideal time to taste the prized Umbrian black truffle, which is harvested between December and January. This small jewel suspended in time, to be discovered on a slow journey through nature, history and art, organises an exclusive truffle hunt with the truffle hunter and his trusty dog. The fragrant treasure found in the woods will then be the ingredient of the delicious dinner prepared by the relais chef. (Tel. +39  3204549321, https://www.borgocampello.com/it/). In Emilia Romagna, the Modena area, in the Apennines, also grows delicious black truffles. Chef Paolo Balboni of the EXÉ restaurant in Fiorano Modenese (MO) knows this well, reworking Italian tradition and enhancing its characteristics with a good dose of imagination applied to the finest ingredients, including the excellent hypogeal mushrooms. For gourmets, the experience at Exè is delicious, because first you learn how to make and roll out egg pasta with the sfoglina, in the best Emilian tradition, then the chef teaches you how to cook some truffle dishes, which you then eat together at the end of the lesson, in a convivial and tasty dinner. (Tel. + 39 327 3034870, www.exerestaurant.com). Finally, in the woods of Valtaro, in the province of Parma, until March, “A truffle hunter’s day” is an unforgettable excursion in search of the underground diamond. Accompanied by an environmental excursion guide, with the help of a search dog, and thanks to the collaboration of chef Mario Marini of the “Il Cielo di Strela” holiday farm, participants learn how to identify, collect and even clean and cook the black truffle. The excursion, which lasts about 3 hours, costs 200 euros (minimum 2 – maximum 6 people); the truffle lunch costs 40 euros per person, all included. (Booking required: info@ilcielodistrela.it, Tel. + 39 3482885159, www.turismovaltaro.it).

 



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