On Sunday we went to a far-flung part of the province of Mantova to have lunch at a truffle fair with Signor Lu’s relatives.
(Yes, this is another blog post about food. I think I need to get some proper hobbies plus a life while I’m at it.)
There were truffles a plenty on the menu.
There was salumi (cured pork meats) with truffles. (I skipped this.)
Then there were i primi piatti (pasta and rice dishes) containing truffles. We shared a tris of truffle risotto, truffle tagliatelle and truffle ravioli. Delish.
We followed this with controfiletto (sirloin steak), truffles and mushroom. Very nice.
Others at our table were sampling side dishes of scrambled egg with truffle and chips with truffle. I resisted these.
After lunch we stood in the bright autumn sunshine and chatted.
Then we drove off. The countryside looked something like this from the car window.
The following day, I reeked of truffle – not a particularly pleasant smell – but my batteries seemed to have been recharged which is always a good thing!