Piedmont: The Wines, The Food, The White Diamond Truffles, The Custards, The Tartare – Video

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.

Muscato Zabaglione

Chef Nino Rocca, Chef at Da Felicin – Muscato Zabaglione

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.

Creme Caramel in Piedmont

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)

 

Visiting Piedmont (video) 
 

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2 comments for “Piedmont: The Wines, The Food, The White Diamond Truffles, The Custards, The Tartare – Video

  1. Beth Rosenthal
    April 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    The best food in Italy is in Turin but don’t tell anyone, it’ll become a foodie destination. Better to say its an industrial city and keep the fabulous food and charm of the arcades and cafes to ourselves. Hubby and I were in Italy visiting sister and her hubby and went to Turin to see the Shroud. First we went to lunch, which went on for three hours and would have been longer (we had to skip dessert and coffee, which upset the proprietor) but we had an appointment to see the Shroud and couldn’t miss it. Would go back in a heartbeat.

    • April 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Beth, I apologize for the slow response. Love hearing that Turin is all that it is said to be. I’ve spent a lot of time in Italy but missed this area of the country that I know is incredible. That won’t happen again. Interesting that there is an appointment is required to see the shroud. I’m sure the conditions of maintaining it are stringent. I understand what you are saying about skipping dessert and coffee. It isn’t done, even in the smallest Trattoria.

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