Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli brought a taste of the White Winter Truffle to diners at San Carlo on Temple Street last week.
Italian-born Zilli, Executive Consultant Chef for San Carlo’s group of 18 award-winning UK restaurants, jetted into Birmingham from his birthplace in Abruzzo, Italy, with a rare white winter truffle on Friday October 28.
Aldo returned to Abruzzo to personally select the truffle, which is so highly prized it’s known as the king of the culinary world. The edible buried treasure was discovered by professional truffle hunters in the national park of the Abruzzo region using specially trained dogs.
Fetching up to £4000 a kilo, the white fungi are prized for their aromatic qualities and unique taste, growing deep in the soil under trees; they can only be harvested around two months a year.
Aldo handed over the delicacy, as a welcome gesture, to old friend Carmine Sacco of San Carlo in Birmingham and diners at the popular Temple Street restaurant will be able to try the world’s most expensive food for themselves.
The following white truffle menu is available for two weeks or until it’s all been eaten!
San Carlo’s Truffle Menu
Steak tartare with poached egg and shavings of fresh white truffle
Lobster and truffle risotto
Tagliolini with truffle butter and shavings of fresh truffle
Carpaccio and burrata with shavings of truffle
Turbot with a truffle, Prosecco and cream sauce
Commenting on the prized truffle, Aldo Zilli said:
Many have tried to describe the aroma and taste of the white truffle – it’s intense and earthy and the smell of it can fill a room, but you have to experience it yourself as there’s nothing like it.
Open seven days a week, 365 days a year from noon until late, San Carlo offers diners the true taste of Italy. The menu features only original and signature Italian dishes; everything is made on the premises using only the best ingredients, many of which are flown in from produce markets across Italy.