In a period of great crisis such as this, you can’t sit at home and wait for work. It’s not going to come knocking at your door. You need to flex your creative muscles, or, as in our case, manage to bring back those ancient crafts from Our traditions which have fallen into disuse due to the industrial revolution, which showed us a world of work locked up in factories, and reclaim those crafts which we have the country we live in to thank for.
And yes, if the Italian truffle is one of the most sought after in the world, and Italy is the world’s largest truffle producer, it is also thanks to Our ancient culinary traditions, which had the ancient Romans already licking their fingers over this strange species of mushroom which originates against the odds, growing underground in just a handful of places across the globe.
In fact, there are places to go truffle-hunting throughout the whole of Italy, but the most precious can found in the mountainous regions from northern to southern Italy. Of course we’re talking about the white truffle, the most highly esteemed and the most expensive, whose cost can exceed hundreds of Euro for a little piece weighing a few dozen grammes.
In the territory of Salento, experts argue that truffle hunting can be traced back to the ancient Romans, reliable sources report that in recent times truffle hunters in Salento go back to the ’60s. This has led to hunters from northern and central Italy in eager search of precious truffles to also go as far as southern Italy in order to satisfy their culinary desires. This secret concealed from the eyes of the Italians has brought them benefits in terms of its image and economic worth, publicising it as a product that is typically obtainable only in mountainous areas, bringingTruffles from Salento or other southern regions to their own northern regions.
In Salento two types of truffles can be found. The first one is called the Bianchetto, Tuber Borchii, harvested in the pine forests at sea level, and the second is the Black Summer Truffle, by the name of Tuber aestivum Vitt., also known as Tartufo Scorzone, and harvested in the oak woods.
The “Al Truffle -Restaurant” owners passion for their many hobbies, changed the course of the family’s history. By pure accident, 10 years ago they discovered the existence of Truffles in the territory of Salento. And the geniality of entering into a whole new world, the world of truffles. Becoming increasingly specialised in mycology, in the space of a few years, they had become experts in the field. They started to export truffles abroad by the kilo, to Germany, Switzerland, France and throughout the whole of Italy.
From here a new chapter began in the history of Otranto catering. Remaining faithful to the tradition that has always set them apart, with courage and determination and tremendous passion for their work, and after so many sacrifices and trials, they succeeded in achieving their goal: to open a restaurant.
A new project on the territory has been set in motion, publicising a product, recognised by many as being a product only from the centre-north. The need to raise awareness of the truffle as a product hailing from theTerritory of Salento is born.