We arrived at San Miniato train station and our taxi driver Antonio was already waiting for us. In the communication with the organisers, the ride is €25 - but be aware that this is €25 each way for a 10-15 minute journey, the taxi seats 4 passengers.
We were greeted warmly by the staff and our truffle guide Francesca who introduced Choco the truffle dog to us.
In the beautiful garden, we were then served white wine, toasted crusty bread and fresh broad beans with extra virgin olive oil.
The other truffle guide Vittoria arrived with two more customers for the tour and then we set off.
After a brief walk, we arrived at the truffle grounds and within a short time, Choco found some lychee sized aromatic black truffles. Choco also found a huge truffle (the size of a broccoli head!) but Francesca could not stop him before he broke off a piece and ran off to eat his find!
We then returned to the house and were served pecorino at different stages of maturity with their accompanying dips (quince for the youngest pecorino, lemon curd for the medium and honey for the most mature) and then we were served our first course of vegetable soup with shaved black summer truffle on top and white truffle paste at the bottom. A bottle of easy drinking red wine was opened and we could help ourselves.
The second course was polenta with mushrooms, artichoke fritti, meatless polpette, courgette and aubergine and more shaved truffles.
For the main course, a bottle of reserva red wine was opened.
A parcel of aluminium foiled was brought to each of us and as soon as you opened it, the delicious smell of truffle burst out. Inside the parcel was linguine with truffle cream sauce, crushed pine nuts and even more shaved truffle!
Lastly, we were served traditional biscuits with dessert wine.
The food was absolutely delicious and the service was warm and friendly. We purchased some wine and preserves (they provide shipping) and would highly recommend this tour to any truffle lovers!
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