February 6, 2002 |
This year, skip the master gardening class about how to keep whiteflies out of your orange trees. Forget the annual pilgrimage to the nursery for zucchini starts. Plant your own truffle trees and grow something your friends will actually want. That's what I've done, with the help of a truffle grower, Mother Nature and all the patience I can muster. The most prized truffle varieties are the white truffle of Alba, Italy (Tuber magnatum pico), and the Perigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum).
August 1, 2010
Our most memorable meal in the Piedmont region of Italy, known for food and wine, was at Trattoria Cascina Schiavenza overlooking the vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba. Delicious and reasonable. Trattoria Cascina Schiavenza, Serralunga d'Alba, Italy; 011-39-0173-61-3115, http://www.schiavenza.com/ing/osteria.asp . Dinners from $25.. Susan and John Fisher Pacific Palisades
October 29, 2003 |
It was surreal, even here, where the unlikely confluence of neon and sand has created a booming, crap-shooting, celebrity-hunting desert fantasyland. We were in the Las Vegas version of Valentino restaurant on a sunny Sunday morning, fresh from a gondola ride outside the Venetian hotel, and now we were linked by closed-circuit satellite television to New York and Alba, Italy, for the fifth annual white truffle charity auction.
January 2, 1992 |
Domenica Bertolusso lives on a nondescript road in a tiny village near Alba, Italy. But even if the directions to her house are sketchy or if you arrive at night, you will probably find the place by smell. The moment you reach her domicile, your nostrils will fill with a distinctive aroma--pungent, earthy, almost cheesy--the scent of fresh white truffles. Domenica and her husband, Beppe Montanaro, own TartufLanghe, Italy's largest truffle distributor.
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August 14, 2000 |
Outside St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, faded graffiti mars the facade of the old church and darkens the spirit. A homeless man lies on the sidewalk sound asleep. His head is buried against the crumbling church walls, and he is oblivious to the holy place where he is resting. From inside the abandoned building comes the staccato rhythm of sewing machines mixing musically with the whispers of six women at prayer. For more than a century, St.
December 7, 1989 |
When Gianmaria Buccellati arrived in Los Angeles last week to unveil priceless museum pieces created by the Italian House of Buccellati, the gems he carried were not only rubies, diamonds and sapphires. Wrapped in newspaper and packed wood crates were priceless gems of a culinary kind.