Going to Turin anytime soon? While 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 this beautiful look at the Piedmont region, 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.
Watch as 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.
Then at about 7:44 mins into the video, the focus to the white and black truffles of the area, how they are handled, stored and sold.
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.
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)