Macao’s gambling tycoon Stanley Ho paid US$330,000/- for two huge pieces of truffles late last month and I have paid thousands before for a truffle meal, but the invitation Mauro Cattana extended to me recently was simply priceless.
His lovely 70-year-old mum hand-carried a piece of the rare tuber the size of a baseball from Italy when she flew in late last month and I was invited to his home for some simple but hearty home cooked truffle dishes.
It was a delightful evening complete with champagne, single malts, and ending with Mauro and yours truly filling our pipes with Samuel Gawith’s Balkan Flake and enjoying our fellowship.
Thanks, Mauro, this is one meal I will never forget!
Among the dishes that evening was truffle shaved over risotto:
and truffle shaved over eggs: