The first time I tried truffle, I was astounded at the effect it had on my senses. The musky scent is so unique and powerful. When that is combined with its deep earthy flavour, truffles are indeed an explosion of taste and aroma that envelopes your mouth and nasal passage. It is quite an amazing gastronomic experience.
Nearly ten years ago I had my first truffle - a pasta laced with shaved chocolate brown slivers that melted on my tongue. That pasta was in Pescocostanzo, a quaint mountain village high in the Maiella National Park in Abruzzo, Italy.
Today I returned to the same restaurant and went straight for the tagliolini con tartufo. It lived up to my memories. My senses were ignited again and I was transported to food heaven.
When you think of truffle production in Italy, most likely northern Italy and Umbria come to mind. But, did you know that Abruzzo is Italy's major truffle producer? Truffles from Abruzzo get transported to all the major truffle markets in the north of Italy and there are many specialist truffle hunters.
In my Finding Valentino Tour of Abruzzo in 2014 I have included a private truffle hunting excursion and a truffle degustation. You too can experience these gourmet delights, in the land where they are sourced. I'm sure you and your taste buds will be transported to food heaven with me!!
For information on the Finding Valentino Tour of Abruzzo 2014 click on the 'tours' tab at my website: