No Trifle, that Truffle!

On a recent jaunt to Acqui Terme, in lower Piedmont, a man drove up in an old jalopy of a car and showed us this:

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Faced with such a find, one can only ask oneself: How much is this stuff worth?

My friends had never seen such a treasure trove before — truffles, fresh from the earth! I complimented him on his catch, but rightfully, he attributed the great find to this:

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And so I learned about the Lagotto Romagnolo breed of dog, specialized in sniffing out that delectable delicacy! I paid my compliments to the dog, whose origins are in the Romagna region of Italy.

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Even Mantegna portrayed this breed in his 1474 Camera degli Sposi frescoes! Just take a look:

 

Five points if you spot man’s best friend, that symbol of loyalty, trustworthiness — all those qualities one wants to find (also) in a mate!

 

So here’s the bargain of the century: a white truffle from Alba (not so far from Acqui, check your map!) weighing in at 1.89 kilos (4.16 pounds!) that recently sold at auction (Sotheby’s!) for a cool $61,250 —  much less than expected.  Take a look:

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Wish this computer had a ‘scratch and sniff’ feature! The lucky owner took the thing to Hong Kong where Chef Bombana prepared it at his 8 e 1/2 Otto e mezzo Bombana Hong Kong restaurant.  I can whiff the aroma from here!

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