An eventful journey through Piedmont awaits Italian Allegria customers.
Wine, good food, history, tradition and culture are the cornerstones of this land, which was recognized in 2015 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The Slow Food movement was founded in this area and in Piedmont is the one and only University of Gastronomic Sciences. Some of the most famous Italian Cafés are located in Bra and Cherasco.
Not to forget that Ferrero with its chocolate and hazelnuts made its indelible mark, blending into some of Italy’s most-loved foods: Nutella, Rocher, Raffaello and…!
Italian Allegria wants to give a voice to all these aspects, starting with truffles and wine, a dash of culture and innovative gastronomic initiatives.
Between our white truffle hunt adventures and wine tastings, there will be time to visit Alba’s world known truffle markets, to get a taste of many of the iconic dishes originating from the Piedmontese cuisine and culture, including carne cruda, vitello tonnato and brasato al Barolo.
Day 1 Friday
Day 2 Saturday
Day 3 Sunday
Day 4 Monday
We look forward to sharing this memorable experience with you!
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ITS MAJESTY, THE TRUFFLE
Barolo is the King of wines, but as far as cuisine is concerned, the title goes to the Tuber Magnatum Pico, better known as the Alba White Truffle or trifola. Perhaps our ancestors used to put some truffle slices into Barolo to celebrate this union: an unusual and extraordinary combination!
It is really fun to follow the trifulao (the truffle hunter with his trained dog) into oak, lime and poplar tree woods on clayey soils, while he spurs his dog to find truffles with appetizing morsels. As soon as the dog starts digging with its paws, the trifulao promptly intervenes and, with a curved weeding hoe, extracts the truffle, makes the dog sniff it and rewards the animal with a titbit.
HAZELNUTS, CHEESES AND EXCELLENT MEAT
With the Truffle as the King, the court dignitaries cannot be less respectable.
Tonda Gentile Trilobata hazelnuts are PGI Piedmont Hazelnuts, the variety grown in the province of Cuneo on approximately 7,000 hectares, corresponding to 85% of the whole Piedmontese production. Its characteristics are extraordinary: round, easy to pick and peel, tasty and compact, particularly suitable for confectionary and nougat.
The entire area is rich in typical cheeses, both from cow’s and goat’s milk, but a particular cheese stands out for its unique characteristics: Castelmagno d’Alpeggio DOP. It is one of the most ancient cow’s milk cheeses in Italy, mentioned for the first time in a document of the Saluzzo marquisate in 1277.
The summer pastures that produce the milk lie traditionally at over 1,600 metres above sea level. With a unique, long lasting, full and robust taste, the cheese takes the form of solid pieces with different maturation periods, from 3 months up to three years, and goes perfectly with Barolo.
And finally, meat. The Fassona is the heifer traditionally bred in the province of Cuneo, with the best one from the Boves area. Its meat has very particular characteristics (fine, not very fat, tender, and tasty) that allow it to be eaten both raw – knife-cut – and braised with Barolo. In high mountain summer pastures, lambs from the Stura valley develop full shoulders and legs and a smooth and delicate taste that is absolutely different from other regions’ lambs. And how can we fail to mention cured meats, made from pork or wild boar meat, flavored with spices and, of course, Barolo?
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