Piedmont has remained a destination for truffle lovers since ancient roman times, who believed in the aphorodisiac effects of "tubers".
The black summer truffle, a speciality from the city of Alba in Piedmont, impresses with its delicate bouquet.
Ideal for pasta or meat sauces, adding a flavour of rich tradition, the black truffle turns any dish into a gourmet experience, particularly fillet steak. Adventurous gourmets use it with white meats, often rabbit, for a contrasting mix that brings out the best in both ingredients.
A fast, rewarding alternative is an omlette for one, or sharing the black truffle as an apertif, spread on toasted fresh bastone bread to be enjoyed with a full bodied red wine.