Tartufo Bianco…the white truffle!
Each November, the smell of truffle perfumes the entire hilltop town of San Miniato, Italy. During the last three weekends of the month, the town plays host to a magical event – the White Truffle festival, better known as the “Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco di San Miniato”. As the press release says the city becomes a huge open air tasting workshop for the foodie in each of us.
This past November was no exception. There was a mission to be accomplished, and I was just the one to take on that mission – find and purchase some olive oil from Murrucola. Having brought a carefully wrapped bottle home a few years ago, we just KNEW we had to have more! So, off we went on our quest.
Whether you turned left or right, the booths serve to entice and amaze you – fresh prosciutto, cheeses that you’ve never heard of before today, and those truffle. Lucky is the dog that has the job of finding the truffle, right??!!
As we entered the tangle of booths, our mission seemed crystal clear – yes, straight ahead, direct in our line of sight, there they were!!! Marrucola Azienda Agrituristica – a site to behold.
Briskly we marched toward the booth, seeing none other than The Main Man Himself, and his trusty assistant, Martina – we had met her two years ago and told them both how delighted we were to purchase oil to take home again this year. Well, one thing led to another, and before you know it, we are tasting not only the oil, but also the wine and other organic and local products that are their specialties.
PLUS we learn that they also have a farmhouse hotel that sounds like a “must” for our next adventure in San Miniato….stay tuned….maybe there will be more to report in May, if a visit can be arranged…