Celebrating the White Truffle in San Giovanni D’Asso

Saturday I went to San Giovanni D’Asso, a small hamlet in the Crete Senesi, famous for its festival celebrating the white truffle of the Crete Senesi.

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Crete Senesi, or Senese clays, is a beautiful area of Tuscany not far from Montalcino, where the grey color of the soil is reminiscent of a lunar landscape.

This area is famous for its white truffles, and since the festival was winding down, I decided to go buy some truffles for dinner!

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This is an important festival for the town of San Giovanni, and many locals and tourists go there to buy truffles and truffled products. I stopped to visit the truffle museum and bought a couple of white truffles.

On my way home I stopped at one of my favorite pasta makers in Montalcino to buy freshly made tagliatelle, which I prepared with butter and a generous shaving of white truffle. Of course a glass of Brunello di Montalcino was the perfect pairing for it.

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