Friday, October 23, 2015

Truffle Extravaganza

Imagine winding through tiny hamlets with no more than 3 houses, twisting and turning down a mountain, and coming across this inviting room, reserved just for you.  That's what happened to Dr. C. and I with our friends visiting from California. 
Our friend Roberto Angelini from Enoteca Properzio arranged for a special lunch of truffles, at La Cucina di St. Pietro A Pettine.  They opened just for us.  With a beautiful table laid and a fire burning in the fire place, we were greeted by Jack, who spoke impeccable English, and he began the meal with sparkling wine, and then our first course.  I will let the photos speak for themselves, but this was an unforgettable meal in a beautiful setting. 
Loosely translated, we love truffles, we're passionate about food, and we will serve you with honor.

Bruschetta with salted butter, anchovy and shaved truffle
Salad of Spanish pear, provolone, spiced hazelnut, black truffle and traditionally aged balsamic vinegar
Beef tartar with truffle bubbles (they look like caviar made from the juice of the truffle) pistachio oil, black celery quenelle, mayonnaise and smoked paprika

Risotto with white truffles

Passarelli, a pasta povera; made with bread, pecorino cheese and pepper, sauced with truffles

Poached eggs on mashed potatoes, with tallegio fusion and white truffle---can you see I've been taking notes?

Warm creme brulee with sage
We drank a local Sagrantino reserva with each course---amazing!  The restaurant is located near Trevi, about 20 minutes away from Spello, in the country.  If you want to come, make a reservation, and then use the directions on the website--it's not easy to find, we did a few illegal U-turns on the way. 
In the summer, this must be a beautiful place to enjoy a meal. Today, the warmth of the fire and hospitality inside made the day

In the distance the town of Trevi

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