Super exciting experience in Lake Como on the mountain on top of Bellagio, about 40 miles north of Milano : you can go picking mushrooms or truffle hunting with Chef Luigi and his secret truffle hunters and his dog. Truffle and Mushrooms grow on the private land of family Gandola with the amazing view on the beautiful Lake Como ... More info ›
Super exciting experience in Lake Como on the mountain on top of Bellagio, about 40 miles north of Milano : you can go picking mushrooms or truffle hunting with Chef Luigi and his secret truffle hunters and his dog. Truffle and Mushrooms grow on the private land of family Gandola with the amazing view on the beautiful Lake Como. After the hunt, you will return to Salice Blu restaurant and in the kitchen you can learn how wash and preserve truffles and mushrooms. Then Chef Luigi Gandola personally cooks for you a salad with your mushrooms and zucchini, truffle risotto in combination with home made tagliolini and an amazing local dessert, all served with local (Italian) wine. Details Available any day from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on request for a minimum of 2 people, weather permitting, from March-December. Comfortable clothes and shoes recommended. Pick up in Bellagio town directly from chef Luigi and his team.
Black summer truffle found in the woods around Bellagio is a kind of underground fungus belonging to the Tuberaceae family, in the Ascomycota division. Truffles grow naturally in the ground in a symbiotic, mycorrhizal relation- ship with the roots of certain trees and shrubs, particularly oak, hazel, lime, hornbeam, etc. The truffle e is commonly thought to be the only fruiting body to be found with the help of dogs and harvested by hand. The truffle is an extremely valuable food that is highly sought after and very expensive.
The typical penetrating and persistent aroma only develops when fully ripe and its purpose is to attract wild animals (pigs, wild boar, badgers, dormice, foxes, etc.),which then help to perpe- tuate the species, in spite of the ground cover.
The species within this genus have a smooth or verrucose outer surface, the latter being a characteristic of the summer species commonly known as “scorzone”, more widespread in the summer. The texture ‘gleba’ is marbled with various colours depending on the species.
The Italian word ‘tartufo’ comes from the similarity drawn in the Middle Ages between this under- ground fungus and the ‘tufo’, the white tru e that is sadly not found in our valleys. Italy is one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of tru es but our own species is very rare and the- refore only a few have been lucky enough to experience it. Traditio- nally, it was harvested using piglets, but the problem with this method was that the pig is a glutton for tru es and had to be refrained from eating what it found.
Nowadays in Italy, only dogs, such as the lagotto romagnolo, are used.
The most common varieties that my secret hunters nd in our area of the Larian Triangle are as follows:
Black summer truffle, Scorzone, Tuber æstivum and the burgundy truffle variety, Tuber uncinatum; the valuable black truffle, Tuber melanosporum; the black winter truffle, Tuber brumale and the Moscato truffle, Tuber brumale var. moschatum; the smooth black truffle, Tuber macrosporum and the ordinary black truffle, Tuber mesentericum.
Once harvested, they should be cleaned quickly and stored in the fridge, wrapped in a micro ber cloth.