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How Tartuflanghe Is Bringing Truffle Season Into the Future

The northern Italian region of Piedmont is often called the country’s gourmet capital, famous for such refined delicacies as Barolo wine, decadent artisan chocolates, and truffles. And while Piemonte residents are, rightfully, proud of all of these delights, it’s the truffle that holds top place in many hearts. This ultimate culinary delicacy has an inimitable flavor, a fleeting season, and respect from top chefs around the world. Food lovers who’ve experienced a fresh truffle call it life-changing. Their price is tracked as obsessively as the cost of gold, and it’s not far off—in 2021, prices for fresh white truffles reached $4,500/pound. And the finest truffle in the world is named for Alba, a town in the heart of Piemonte. In the middle of all this, on a mission to share Piedmont’s truffles with as many people around the world as possible, is Paolo Montanaro.

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