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Autumn in Italy -- Tartufo, Porcini e Cinghiale

INK Publications | Written and Photos by Bob Zemmel, Owner of Alforno Trattoria
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Autumn in Italy means white truffles, porcini mushrooms and wild boar. They are among northern Italy’s premiere food delicacies and a singular reason for planning a trip in the fall when these ingredients appear all over local menus. Truffle hunters bring their dogs, trained from puppyhood, to find and dig up the “tartufo bianco.” The hunter heads deep into the forest, to his own secret location, where he hopes to find these edible jewels. He finds them only in October through December, connected to oak and beech trees by microscopic fibers. The dogs sniff them out from under 6 to 12 inches of dirt. While the white truffles are not cheap – typically $2800 per pound…