Truffles and Risotto in Piemonte!
Euro 2950/person, double occupancy
Includes 5 nights four-star accommodations, all meals/beverages, classes/visits/tastings,
and ground transportation (arrive/depart Torino)
This sample itinerary may be subject to last-minute changes due to weather, seasonal conditions, and serendipity.
"Truffles and Risotto" is held only one week each year, in the height of Italy's famous white truffle season. Enjoy visits to a twelfth-century Cistercian abbey where premium rice has been grown for centuries and take part in a cooking class and luncheon with a Contessa. Explore the charming cosmopolitan Torino and the quaint town of Alba. Experience the the heady discovery of the fragrant white truffle while hunting in the woods. Some of Italy's best wines are from this region, to be sampled in a wine country visit to Barolo and Barbera.
Individual afternoon arrivals to Torino. Meet at 2:00 pm in the lobby of the Palace Hotel, across the street from the train station. 2:15 punctual departure for the historical center of Alba. Our main focus will be the white truffle exhibition/competition, then you will have time to walk through Alba and join in the festivities which will include cultural exhibitions, parades, and opportunities to taste local salumi, cheeses, breads, and wines.
Our welcome dinner will be at La Contea in nearby Neive:
Capunet con saporita salsa di noci (veal roll with vegetables and walnut sauce)
Subric di patate con mousse tartufata (potato tart with truffle mousse)
Verdi gnocchetti ai formaggi e sapori dell’orto (spinach pasta with cheese)
Coda di vitella piemontese brasata al Barbaresco (veal braised in Barbaresco)
Dolci delizie di Langa (local sweet delicacies)
Rise early for our Truffle Hunt! We'll be outside for approximately two hours: wear outdoor clothing and walking shoes. After a quick change at the hotel, we check out and head to lunch at one of Pamela’s favorite restaurants, La Libera:
Carne cruda (local specialty)
Crema di patate con raviolo di porcini (cream of potato with porcini ravioli)
Stinco di vitello (veal osso buco)
Formaggi (assorted local cheeses)
Dolce a scelta (your choice of dessert)
After lunch we have some free time in Alba. Without the truffle fair, Alba wears a different face. In the late afternoon, we head for our country relais in Monferrato. Tonight we will walk to dinner at a cozy nearby restaurant.
This morning we have a hands-on cooking class and lunch in Asti:
Insalata Gallina (chicken salad)
Torta di Nocciole (chocolate-hazelnut cake)
After lunch, we will visit an artisanal torrone producer (since 1883) and for a walk around downtown Asti.
In the late afternoon, we will return to the hotel for a short break and visit to the hotel kitchen. Dinner will be an elegant truffle themed meal at the hotel.
This morning we get an early start for a tour of an estate that has been producing rice since it was a Cistercian monastery in the 1200s.
Following the visit, we drive to Torino for a hands-on cooking class to make:
Risotto al Fungh (Mushroom Risotto)i
Arrosto Ripieno all’Arneis (Roast Stuffed Pork in Arneis Wine)
Tartra con Carciofi Stufati (Timbale of Stewed Artichokes)
Torta Gianduia (Hazelnut Cake)
After lunch, we check into the hotel, and you will have free time in Torino with a map and suggested visits to food, kitchen, and houseware shopping. Dinner will be at Sotto La Mole.
Salone del Gusto is held every two years. On the off years we have an alternate program, a hands-on cooking class with a world-renowned expert at making agnolotti del plin, a tiny local ravioli.
In the morning we will explore the Buon Paese market… Imagine a village with lots of colored streets, where each corner is vibrant with people, colors, voices and aromas. Imagine being able to meet hundreds of food artisans who describe history, tradition and culture through their products.
This is the Buon Paese Market, where each street brings together the best Italian artisan food: over 400 stalls in an area of about 15,000 square meters. In the Buon Paese Market, you will find meat, cured meats, cereals, sweets and spices from all over Italy, not counting the over 190 Slow Food Presidia products. We will meet for a casual lunch in the market, then head for a special workshop.
The Salone del Gusto is held every two years; the next one will be in 2008. On the off years we have an alternate program, a hands-on cooking class with Lidia Alciati, a world-renowned expert at making agnolotti del plin, a tiny local ravioli.
Our farewell dinner will be at the historic and ultra-elegant Ristorante del Cambio. We will visit the kitchens and cantina of this classic Torinese restaurant, followed by a spectacular dinner:
Cocottina gratinata alla crema di tartufo (indescribeable!)
Sfogliata di funghi porcini alla vellutata Bianca (fresh pasta with porcini mushrooms)
Agnolotti del Cambio al sugo d'arrosto (Cambio’s agnolotti)
Cuore di filetto alla Vialardi in salsa di fegato d'oca (Filet of beef with gooseliver sauce)
Semifreddo ai marroni con crema zabaglione al moscato
(glazed chestnut semifreddo with muscat zabaglione)
Departures after breakfast.
Optional visit to Porta Palazzo market and cup of bicherin (coffee-chocolate drink).
Piedmont: Truffles and Risotto
Regular cost per person, double occupancy is Euro 2950 (currency converter). Price includes accommodations, all meals and wine, cooking classes, wine tasting, visits and tours, tastings, ground transportation (arr/dep Torino), and guides.
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