Sardinia: White Truffles & Fine Wines
|Truffle on tagliolini.|
There were some interesting match-ups in terms of truffles and cuisine, and also concerning the cuisine and wine. For instance, the use of asparagus in two dishes and artichokes in another; both are often considered wine-challenged foods.
The wines, new to this area, were also noteworthy. And the truffles...well, as an elderly Italian man once said to me as I was dining with my wife in an Umbrian restaurant -- and while he, from a nearby table, was having the glorious fruit-of-the-fungus shaved onto his plate: "Truffles, they are the Viagra of Italy!"
Then he winked.
|Truffles 'n eggs|
Second course was filet mignon carpaccio, drizzled with olive oil and crowned with thin snippets of raw artichoke heart and the white truffle. Wine: Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008, with a ripe fruit scent that matched well with wood notes of the wine (it is aged in oak for 8 to 10 months) and with the earhty artichoke/truffle combo.
Favorite course around the table seemed to be the tagliolini pasta, seeped in quality butter and flavored with a sage and truffles. I thought the sage and truffle flavors surprised in a good way; others thought this was too strong an herb to use. We all agreed the medium-bodied, floral-nosed Batasioli Barbaresco 2006 was delicious.
|And more truffles, this time with veal.|
Dessert was chocolate-walnut cake with vanilla ice cream and strawberries, paired with a sweet, sparkling, grapey, and refreshing Moscato D'Asti dla Rei 2010. Ricardo lamented that Americans tend to go for the $6 bottles of Moscato rather than spend an extra ten-spot for a smoother, more sophisticated Moscato D'Asti such as this one. I nodded in agreement. After finishing up this truffle/wine lunch, I was in a very agreeable mood.
Batasiolo's wines are new to this area. Some 70 percent of the product is sold in restaurants, but Milam and Laurenzo's are two spots you can buy them retail.
|Carpaccio of beef, choke, and truffle|
|The art of shaving.|
|Closeup of beef, artichoke, truffle.|