San Miniato Truffle Porn

written by Tiana Kai
white truffles San Miniato Tuscany

Imagine living 45 minutes from one of the most famous places in the world that has tartufi bianchi, white truffles. I live that close to tartufo heaven and I still can’t believe it! This gastronomic fairyland is called San Miniato, inside the province of Pisa, where these white bulbs of fungus naturally grow.

San Miniato Truffle Festival

San Miniato

It was time to check out San Miniato and what better a time than during their annual San Miniato Truffle Festival, which is held the last three weeks every November.

My husband, Nicco, and I met up with one of my amazing girlfriends and her Florentine fiancé for a quick little brisk drive up to the top of the hill where San Miniato sits.

Typically there’s a public bus that runs people up to the top from San Miniato Basso to San Miniato Alto, since the top of the hill is so small with narrow streets and parking is mainly for locals. However, last Saturday we couldn’t find the bus, so drove to the tippy top ourselves and luckily found parking.

San Miniato

pants hanging out to dry with this view!

San Miniato

Out of the car we leapt. We began our journey on foot up the street and into this little city that was first built in 783 by the Lombards. Old, I know.

It was beautiful. I was so happy to be there. The little streets were what I hoped for and the smell of the white truffles grew stronger as we entered in the white truffle zone.

Eating & drinking truffles

food with truffles

the truffle beer was amazing!

truffle festival

the only non-truffle items, we bought these too!

First on the list was to window shop and see all the truffle products every booth had to sell. Truffle bread. Truffle pasta. Truffle beer. Truffle cheese. Truffle salami. Truffle butter. Truffle mortadella. Truffle everything.

As the roaming eyes turned into hungry eyes we were ready for truffles in our truffles on a truffle. We all—minus my rebel husband—ordered schiacciata (focaccia bread) al tartufo with mortadella al tartufo.

truffle bread and mortadella

lunch in San Miniato

Nadia & Matteo enjoying an 8€ bottle of wine & 2.50€ truffle sandwiches

A bottle of wine was ordered and down we sat on plush bar stools happily enjoying our truffle porn over a wine barrel table. Can’t get more Italian than this moment.

After an hour hanging out and catching up we were off to meet up with more friends, buy freshly roasted chestnuts and climb to the highest point where the white truffles were waiting for us to take them home so they could smell up my purse, which they did!

Love is in the truffle air

San Miniato

Duomo di San Miniato

Duomo di San Miniato

Buying white truffles

white truffles from San Miniato

white truffles vs. black truffles

white truffles in Tuscany

white truffles always win!

There were many tents set up around town and even more right next to the duomo with some of the best views right outside of Florence. That’s where we met our truffle god.

Buying truffles is serious business. You have to think about how many meals you want out of these bad boys. Do you want just one dinner? Two dinners? What about breakfast?

Do you want to top the white truffles on bistecca or pasta, or better yet eggs? Really critical life decisions are involved in this purchase.

buying truffles in Tuscany

buying truffles in Tuscany

me explaining to the truffle god what size truffle I wanted. Photo by Nadia.

Since my husband is not a truffle fanatic I was left to decide what I wanted—nothing to ever complain about—so I bought a 12€ ball of goodness the size of a large eyeball, well much larger than mine.

The truffle god said it would be perfect for one dish, but I knew I would squeeze a dinner and a breakfast out of it, and that I did!

white truffle

my truffle before I cleaned off the dirt

San Miniato

San Miniato Truffle Festival

San Miniato Truffle Festival

After the past few weeks of tasting olio nuovo, roasting chestnuts, eating fresh porcini mushrooms and now buying my first chunk of white truffle I realized that this season has my name all over it! Plus, it was my birthday weekend and what better way to celebrate than indulging in white truffles?!

Where have you eaten truffles? 

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas November 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

I love everything about this.

Tiana Kai November 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Haha, it was pretty dreamy! A once in a lifetime afternoon.

Nadia Koski November 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Yay! This about sums it up. Great post and photos! What a spectacular day…..”I’m glad I spent it with you…”

Tiana Kai November 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I had a great day! Weather was perfect, the mortadella al tartufo was ridiculous, the truffle beer was ‘fo get about it!’ and it’s always great seeing you (& Matte)!!!

Mrs Mulberry November 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

Fantastic post, such a wonderful festival! And happy birthday!!

Tiana Kai November 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Awe thanks so much! It was a great weekend, luckily my birthday falls during truffle festivals!

Becky Padmore November 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Love the sound of the truffle sandwiches! 🙂

Tiana Kai November 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

…and I loved the taste of it! 😉

Anwar November 20, 2013 at 5:34 am

Truffles are fantastic. Have you attempted truffle hunting?

Tiana Kai November 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

Anwar, some friends went truffle hunting last year while I ate the findings. I went porcini and chestnut hunting last week. 😉

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