Has been a long year and we’ve been patiently waiting but the white truffle season has finally started.
Last year it was a very tough and difficult one, very hard to find them and with a very small window for the best quality which generated the price soaring everywhere, especially in London.
Here comes the autumn again!
That cool breeze in the air, the landscape changing colours and the rain that start falling.
Everything’s getting wet but the Earth is having her way to give us her wonderful fruit and the weather is definitely one of those.
One vineyard, one variety, one harvesting, one hand, one bottle enclosing a thought.
Una has been recently awarded with the Gold Medal at the Grand International Wine Award Mundus Vini, vintage 2013.
I had been in Italy for my first 26 years of life and I had a chance to live and travel everywhere around the country.
From north to south the diversity of land and climate enable to grow a huge variety of products which are the main ingredients of the local cuisines and traditional dishes.
I was a little kid when I used to sit around the table whilst my grandmother was making gnocchi.
It took me years of practice to understand how much flour to use to make them exactly the same way, firm but still soft enough to melt in your mouth.
White truffle season comes to an end, you may still find some but the taste has never been great this season and definitely it won’t be now.
Perhaps there's something else you can enjoy with great pleasure, the Tuber Melanosporum, commonly known as black truffle "Pregiato", even if it starts to grow in September it is only in Winter that it fully ripe and it is ready to be enjoyed.
Despite my origins, there has always been a strong link with Tuscany in my cooking.
My father moved there in the 80’s and I spent most of my summers since then.
The beautiful landscape of the Tuscan hills, the colours and the smell of the woodland...
For people like us who enjoy the seasons for the products that our planet offers us, the Autumn is definitely associated with white truffles.
This precious, wonderful “mushroom” (ectomycorrhizal fungi, to be more precised) grows mainly in Piedmont, which is the most renowned region, as well as in the central Italy Tuscany, Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo regions.
When I was a kid I never been a big fan of the Autumn, I guess it was because the summer was over and I was going back to School, which I wasn’t a big fun either.
I always though I would have follow my father steps and being a professional footballer but it looks like I followed my grandmother one instead and I became passionate about cooking.