Fall in Love With White Truffle Season in Italy

Fall in Love With White Truffle Season in Italy

Fall is truly an adventure in Italy’s Piedmont region, as locals, foodies and tourists alike begin the hunt for white truffles. 

October to early December marks the Italian truffle season – especially the elusive and highly prized white truffle, which routinely sells at upwards of $1,000 a pound!

Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.
Peter Salerno’s homemade white truffle and pasta dish.

According to Essential Italy, a leading Italian travel site: “Although truffles are generally found in the regions of Piedmont, Molise and Emilia Romagna, there are plenty to be discovered elsewhere. Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche are perfect places to visit if you’re hoping to make the most of the truffle season.”

Very few of our acquaintances love Italian cuisine and the fine art of cooking white truffles more than Peter Salerno, the owner and founder of Peter Salerno Inc. (the most award-winning North American kitchen and bath design firm since 2002).

October-December is white truffle season in Italy's Piedmont.
October-December is white truffle season in Italy’s Piedmont.

Together with the fine staff at Urbani Truffles on West End Avenue in New York City, Peter Salerno developed his own white truffle and pasta dish to celebrate the Italian Piedmont’s white truffle season. Check out some exclusive photos of Peter’s trip to Urbani, as well as his finished dish!

More information from our friends at Essential Italy (we URGE you to read their full article!):

If you are in Tuscany in Autumn, one truffle-based event to try is the San Miniato Truffle Fair, known as the La Sagra del Tartufo Bianco. Held in the beautiful medieval hill town of San Miniato in November, the event usually takes place over several weekends – most typically the last three weekends of the month.

Tuscany is home to around 25% of Italy’s white truffle produce so there will be plenty to go around and it’s the go-to region if you are new to truffles. The festival is also a great place to visit for a day out with food and craft stands, as well as entertainment and restaurants that allow you to try their truffle menus. Other festivals in Tuscany include ones held in San Giovanni d’Asso, near to Siena, held on the second and third weekend of November, with a truffle museum open on the weekends.

October-December is white truffle season in Italy's Piedmont.
October-December is white truffle season in Italy’s Piedmont.

The go-to Italian regions for white truffle season are the Italian Piedmont (or Piemonte) region, Le Marche, Tuscany and Umbria. For the ultimate white truffle experience, check out the towns of Acqualagna, Alba, Volterra and Pietralunga, among others!

Feel free to share your favorite white truffle recipes, cooking tips, photos and experiences in the comments section below!

Peter Salerno's homemade white truffle and pasta dish.
Peter Salerno’s homemade white truffle and pasta dish.

From Peter Salerno’s Kitchen: Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Our Favorite Summer Farro Salad Recipe

Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)
Summer Farro Salad. (Recipe by Marco Canora, Food&Wine. Photo credit John Kernick.)

Peter Salerno Inc. has been searching for a fresh Italian summer salad recipe to share with our readers, and we’ve finally settled on our favorite salad recipe for the summer of 2014.

This fantastic summer farro salad comes courtesy of Food & Wine (F&W) and their star chef Marco Canora.

Famous for his Tuscan-inspired dishes, Marco Canora’s experience has taken him from Gramercy Tavern in NYC to Cibreo in Florence, Italy, and back again. Canora now calls Hearth & Terroir Wine Bar in New York City home.

If you’ve never eaten farro, it’s all the rage lately in a variety of dishes. From salads to soups to meat dishes, farro is a versatile hulled wheat grain that is well-loved by savvy eaters as a great source of fiber and a “smart carbohydrate”.

This summer salad combines the hearty, nutty flavor of farro with the crunch of carrots, celery and onions and the freshness of cucumbers and tomatoes. We’re sure you’ll love it at your table as much as Peter Salerno and his family love it at theirs.

Recipe: Summer Farro Salad (courtesy Food&Wine, Marco Canora)

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  3. 1 small carrot, halved
  4. 1 celery rib, halved
  5. 12 ounces farro (1 3/4 cups)
  6. 5 cups water
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  9. Freshly ground pepper
  10. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  11. 1 small seedless cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  12. 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  13. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Preparation

  1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, carrot and celery, cover and cook over moderately low heat until barely softened, about 5 minutes. Add the farro and stir to coat with oil. Add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat until the farro is barely tender, about 10 minutes; season with salt. Cover and simmer until the farro is al dente, about 10 minutes longer. Drain the farro and discard the onion, carrot and celery. Let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1/3 cup of olive oil with the vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Fold in the farro, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes and basil, season with salt and pepper and serve.