Piedmont – The Food: White Diamond Truffles, Custards – The Wine: Barolo, Barbaresco

Going to Turin anytime soon? I’m not but sure wish I was. Writing an article on Barolo Chinato, I was looking for a tasting video. I found a few but they were all in Italian. I came across a video of Italians speaking such beautiful English, and showing off the foods and wines of Turin (Torino) specifically, and the Piedmont region. Piedmont is home to the Barolo DOCG, Barberesco and Barbera. Barolo and Barberesco are each a type of wine, both made from the red Nebbiolo grape. Barbera is a red grape. Each of the three have their own DOCG in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy in the Langhe Hills area. The area is home to Martini & Rossi and Cinzano vermouths, and one of the highest concentrations of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. The famed city of Turin is the capital of Piedmont. Wine, food and spectacular views of Turin (Torino) and Piedmont are the stars of the video below.

Turin (Torino) Italy

Turin (Torino) Italy

In the video below, Nino Rocca, chef at Da Felicin prepares homemade pasta with fresh veggies (porcini mushrooms, white truffles, carrots, celery, zucchini – a “leeeeetle bit of tomato) and you can’t help but admire his deft knife skills. You’ll watch the preparation of a Sicilian speciality, Muscato Zabaglione, an Italian custard.

Chef Nino Rocca, Chef at Da Felicin - Muscato Zabaglione

Chef Nino Rocca, Chef at Da Felicin – Muscato Zabaglione

Then at about 7:44 mins into the video, the focus changes to the white and black truffles of the area, how they are handled, stored and sold.

Creme Caramel at Piazza Duomo, Enrico Crippa

Creme Caramel at Piazza Duomo, Enrico Crippa

The chef at Piazza Duomo, Enrico Crippa, makes a mouth-watering tartare, and he does the “choreography” for the dish as a sous chef adds seasonings, then a “classic” version for this area of northwestern Italy, of creme caramel with cocoa, coffee, amaretto and truffle. Enjoy. It’s time for dessert somewhere.

The section on truffles starts at about 7:44-mins in. Listen to the merchant. Fascinating how ruffles are handled and stored. The chef at Piazza Duomo, Enrico Crippa, makes a mouth-watering tartare, and he does the “choreography” for the dish as a sous chef adds seasonings, then a “classic” version of creme caramel for this area of northwestern Italy, with cocoa, coffee, amaretto and truffle. It’s time for dessert somewhere. Buon Appetito
The following video is accompanied by an informative article on Piedmont – read it at Life in Italy.

Pronunciation tips:

Cinzano: chin-zawn-oh (chin like ‘yours,’ zawn rhymes with sawn and oh is like O)
Zabaglione: zah-baw-yown-ee (zah and baw rhymes with raw)

Piedmont –– A Gourmet’s Paradise (video)

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4 comments for “Piedmont – The Food: White Diamond Truffles, Custards – The Wine: Barolo, Barbaresco

  1. Adrienne
    October 11, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Cinzano on the rocks with a squeeze of lemon. Wonderful. Properly prepared Zabaglione? To die for! I love being Italian.

    • October 12, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Hey Adrienne, so wish I was Italian. Feel like I am. Been there numerous times but never to Turin. Today, I can’t understand how I could have let that one slip by. I’m a Campari and soda lover. Haven’t had Cinzano for awhile. Must do that. Zabaglione is hard to find in Tulsa but it is here. Really, really appreciate you stopping by.

  2. David
    October 12, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I have never drank much wine from Piedmont until recently. A golf buddy that is a real wine buff brought several bottles of Barolo to one of our wine dinners. Now I am hooked. Prices run from $35 up at most liquor stores but Costco has a very good Barolo for under $30. I now keep 4 or 5 bottles on hand in my cellar (actually its a closet).

    • October 13, 2015 at 9:34 am

      David, for some reason your comments keep going to my Spam folder. I hope I have it fixed now. So sorry! Barolo for under $30 sounds like a super deal. We will have a Costco down the street from us, but they won’t carry wine. Sigh! I love most types of Italians reds. Would buy more if I could afford them.

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