«

»

Jun 05

Dreamlife – Truffle Hunting & Pasta Perfection!

website security

Dreamlife – Truffle Hunting & Pasta Perfection!

Almost a year ago I was privileged enough to be part of the inaugural event ‘Let’s Blog Abruzzo’ and was invited to be part of a Blog Tour with Italia Sweet Italia. The first day saw us on a Traboccho preparing local specialities and later dining on them. Day 2 we awoke relatively early in search of the elusive delicacy TRUFFLES!!

From Hill to Sea

From Hill to Sea

We met two men most passionate about their part of Abruzzo in the countryside near Lentella and their lives here. The Artist and Land owner of ‘Cultura to Natura’ who is passionate about sharing his experience providing tours for School children and also offering a place for Painting and Sculpture, Ettore Altieri. Ettore also collaborates with Italia Sweet Italia for Truffle Hunting, Apperitivo and Pasta Classes.

Lentella Abruzzo

Lentella Abruzzo

Our Passionate Team

Our Passionate Team

Part of the Menagerie

Part of the Menagerie

More of the Menagerie

More of the Menagerie

 

Sculptures Everywhere!

Sculptures Everywhere!

His friend Walter and his 4-legged friend Fritz are the Truffle hunting part of the equation. We go for a walk in search of the prized truffles. It’s not as early as is ideal and the weather is a little changeable but within a short amount of time Fritz is on the scent of a truffle and starts to paw at the ground. Walter digs gently at the ground with a specially crafted stick and quickly produces a small truffle. We are in the vicinity of a number of oak trees where truffles occur naturally. We find a few more truffles on our hunt and Fritz is rewarded following each find – we learn two small ones were ‘planted’ for demonstration purposes before our arrival in case we were out of luck but the others found were not.

Walter & Fritz

Walter & Fritz

 

On the Scent

On the Scent

Part of the Menagerie

Part of the Menagerie

More of the Menagerie

More of the Menagerie

We return to the house and a nicely laid out apperitivo with homemade wine and ventricino (a local hot preserved sausage specialty), cheeses and olives before heading to make the pasta for pranzo (lunch). Ettore’s mother Carla shows us how to make the pasta dough for Spaghetti alla Chittara – a local pasta so named as the dough is rolled through a frame that resembles a guitar to make a ‘square spaghetti’.  The spaghetti is then cooked and mixed with the delicately cleaned and shaved truffles that we found earlier and locally made ricotta.

Perfect Aperitivo!

Perfect Aperitivo!

Aperitivo!

Aperitivo!

 

Pasta Flour & Aprons

Pasta Flour & Aprons

Pasta Dough By Hand

Pasta Dough By Hand

La Chitarra!

La Chitarra!

Guitar or Chitarra!

Guitar or Chitarra!

Perfectly Prepped Pasta

Perfectly Prepped Pasta

Pasta Preppers with Shaved Truffle & Ricotta

Pasta Preppers with Shaved Truffle & Ricotta

Hungry Pasta Preppers

Hungry Pasta Preppers

Table Ready for Pranzo

Table Ready for Pranzo

Serving Time!  Pranzo is Ready!

Serving Time! Pranzo is Ready!

Yum! Buon appetito!!

Yum! Buon appetito!!

Organic Tomatoes

Organic Tomatoes

Fresh Fruits

Fresh Fruits

It’s a wonderful day and our meal follows with more homemade goodies; genziano, rattafia and limoncello are offered as digestive as well as cake. For fun, we also try our hands at making postcards from flowers collected in the garden. Sombrely we get into our cars late afternoon after being poked and prodded that it was time to leave – we had such a perfect afternoon it was very hard to leave!

Digestivo & Cake!

Digestivo & Cake!

Floral Postcards!

Floral Postcards!

If you have ever wondered about Truffle Hunting and homemade pasta this is a real treat! Get in touch with Fabrizio and you will have a fantastic time without a doubt!!

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2014
Share

2 comments

  1. Mary Louise Tucker

    That looks like a full day! Sorry I missed it after the conference, but my sister and I were visiting i cugini in Roseto degli Abruzzi. I’ll be back in the last quarter of 2015…maybe I’ll get the chance then. MLT

    1. Ingrid

      Well in THAT Case MLT – look me up and we might be able to organise a catch-up – maybe even an introduction to my part of Abruzzo :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>