Say Alba and Piemonte and everybody thinks of Slow Food and truffle galore. While there are many popular and rather touristy events focusing on this black and white gold, the art is to find the smaller and more authentic experiences. Like the Fiera del Tartufo Nero di Roddino. Every year almost 300 people come together to celebrate this earthy ingredient found in the soil around this charming village. The highlight is the pranzo, the lunch, starting around 12.30 and lasting almost for six hours. An Italian feast of cold cuts, raw meat sprinkled with truffle, a fonduta con tartufo, tagliatelle al burro con tartufo nero and then bocconcini di tacchino e funghiâ€¦. To finish a torta di nocciola di Langa and the glorious bunet (kind of a firm pudding with coffee taste). All this costs 18 euro per person, all local wines and drinks included. Padre Filip e il chierichetto are playing music while half of the guests sing along. This is true slow food, the essence of Italian food in the north. Thereâ€™s nothing commercial or gastronomical about a pranzo like this, this is real and simple food, even with the famous and expensive truffle as the protagonist. If you want to book a seat for next year, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and say hello from us to the fine ladies and gents who organise this feast with lots of passion and dedication.
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