Edited by Heartsurgeon, 16 September 2012 - 04:49 PM.
ALBA dining during truffle season (this October)
Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:48 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:39 AM
Trattoria della Posta in Monforte d'ALba
Osteria del Vignaiolo in La Morra
Tenuta Schiavenza in Serralunga
Posted 12 October 2012 - 12:54 AM
If you find yourself in La Morra do try the pizza place on the outskirts of the village.
Posted 16 October 2012 - 04:59 AM
Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:11 AM
A few things are important to understand. A white truffle does not have the same soil requirements that grapes do. There is no such thing as "truffle terroir". They grow on tree roots. The important requirement is climate: enough rain, and a right balance between heat and cold at the right times of year. Thus, great truffles can come from a wide geographic area in Italy, and even from other areas in Eastern Europe and elsewhere where climatic conditions permit. The Monferrato area above Asti produces excellent truffles, and because of the centuries-old rivalry between Alba and Asti, you will often hear unsupportable claims both ways that one area has the better and more abundant truffles, or the other area gets all of its truffles from China and Eastern Europe and they are all terrible. More urban myth all the way around. Something that is true is that you are far more likely to encounter foreign or inferior-quality truffles and truffle products, not to mention ridiculous prices, in promotional events like "truffle fairs". You will usually find the best quality local truffles in the better ristoranti of northeast Italy. Locals, myself included, buy their truffles directly from the hunters or from trusted retail suppliers. My truffle man consistently harvests the best truffles that I have ever eaten (hint: try to find those from oak tree roots), at a fair price, from an area near Monforte d'Alba. In the end, the old saw about there being no great wines, just great bottles, is pretty much the story of the white truffle as well. A given tree can produce white truffles of wildly different size and quality.
The truffle conspiracy theories are better directed at Perigord black truffles. For many years, probably decades at this point, the world consumption of Perigord truffles has been a considerable multiple of the region's actual peak production capacity. Meanwhile, global warming has devastated Perigord's output, while world demand for quality black truffles and the price the truffles fetch have continued to soar. Today, there is a black truffle crisis, and buyers are scrambling to find or develop new sources of supply. Unlike white truffles, where attempts at cultivation have met with no real success, black truffles can be successfully cultivated. Somewhat ironically, black truffles are a growth industry in certain areas of the Piemonte north of Genoa, where the climate is perfect for them. Thus, not only is it still possible to find local white truffles in Alba, it will soon be possible to find Perigord-quality black truffles as well...
Edited by Bill Klapp, 24 March 2013 - 09:35 AM.