Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, the newly-opened Italian restaurant on Al Maryah Island, has broken the GCC record with this massive 580g white truffle purchased by the stylish venue’s Chef Francesco Guarracino for AED 130 000. Never had such a monster been flown into the UAE.
The “trifola” was hidden underground, below an old oak tree, in the rolling hills of Sienna, Tuscany, before being sniffed out by a highly-trained dog named Bella and her truffle hunter of an owner, Angiolino. Now, the “Truffle Man” who brought it to its new home at Roberto’s in Abu Dhabi is no other than the passionate Massimo Vironi, Founder and CEO of ItalTouch, also responsible for putting a huge smile on Chef Francesco Guarracino’s face:
“As Italians, we are proud to come from the land of white truffle, a rare gem, a truly unique and noble ingredient, that Mother Nature offers only with parsimony. It is so unique that each dish must be elaborated in respect with its rustic flavor of roasted sunflower seeds or walnuts, preferably using creamy textures and non-intrusive tastes, so it remains the star on the plate.”
“This record-breaking truffle will be used for two weeks at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi. With 2-Michelin Star Chef Enrico Bartolini, our Chief Culinary Advisor, we have developed a very special truffle menu, where each guest can have of piece of the fragrant treasure we have just received.”