The diamonds of the earth are a civilized person’s best friend. Your relationship with truffles defines you. The definition of a civilized person or someone who is civilized must be “someone who never denies his Fettucino Alfredo some truffle zest. And knows how to respect as well as insult a risotto.” He or she knows that aperitifs are not aperitifs if they are not accompanied by truffle crisps.

A wise person is one who invests in short shelf-life ectomycorrhizal fungi and spends a great deal of their leisure time kicking through the undergrowth beneath hazelnut, oak, and poplar trees. He or she will know how to cook the perfect poulet demi deuil and, being tutored in the versatility of nature’s earthy, rootled gems, will know the importance of placing slices of black winter truffles under their chicken skin. Rooting is a passion for the truffle lover and devotee.


Being a truffle enthusiast brings immediate social cachet. Being a habitual truffle user elevates your social worth. It confers distinction and invites admiration. The definition of a gentleman and a lady is someone who knows how to shave a truffle.

A well-shaved truffle is a sign of proper education and an envious upbringing. Being able to handle a truffle slicer is an accomplishment as well as an asset.


No kitchen should be without a rosewood handle truffle slicer or “mandoline” conspicuously hanging from the stainless-steel culinary utensil rack, nor should any kitchen be without a truffle-hunting Lagotio Romagnolo hound dozing at the foot of the Aga.

Just Cambridge Distillery’s Truffle Gin should not be absent from any drinks cabinet or any bathroom cabinet be devoid of Temple Spa eye truffle, no condiment rack should not be stocked with the full range of Sabatino Tartufi’s celebrated gourmet products like truffle oils, truffle butter, truffle salt, truffle ketchup, and truffle honey.

The company has been supplying the world’s truffle nuts and addicts for over 100 years. It is a fact that we do judge people by their condiments.


No formal dinner party table can be considered correctly set if there is not a bottle of Sabatino Tartufi truffle drizzle as the centerpiece. And some high-quality truffle zest in close proximity. An easily accessible truffle source is essential.

The ideal dinner party host should have some Umbrian truffle seasoning peeping out of his breast pocket. Rather than a silk handkerchief.

Every truffle aficionado knows that Sabatino Tartufi isn’t an Italian tenor, but one of the largest, if not largest, importers and distributors of premium truffles in the world.

Based in West Haven, Connecticut, and Montecastilli Terni in Italy, the company was founded in 1911 when Sabatino Balestra and his wife Giuseppina opened their first store in Umbria.

The true truffle connoisseur and chef worth his salt knows that White Truffle Oil only uses winter-harvested Tuber Magnatum Pico truffles with their strong notes of garlic and that Black Truffle Oil uses summer-time Tuber Aestivum.

Summer and Burgundy truffles are light in flavor and aroma. They should never be cooked but shaved tenderly over a dish. The residual heat will do the rest. Only philistines cook with summer truffles.


A fairly acceptable umbrella definition of “the luxury lifestyle” must be one that incorporates truffles into every meal, every day of the week.

Scrambled eggs with truffles for breakfast, bagels or tacos with truffles for brunchtime, “eleven Sies” nibbles, truffle tagliatelli for lunch, and Toro tartare with caviar and black truffles for dinner. Leftovers will always be folded into butter or made into pate. No civilized household is ever without a pot of leftover truffle pate. You cannot call yourself successful if you don’t make truffle pate.

The ardent truffle lover will also know how well truffles pair with Alto Adigo Pinot Grigio and triple-fried truffle fries’ appetizers. How a Tuscan or a Virginian Barbourville Vermentino complements pork tenderloin, counter-balanced with a dusting of truffle salt.

Grechetto is the ancestral vinous accompaniment to any Sabatino Tartufi black winter truffles while Lazio Trebbiano or Ugni Blanc is another white wine varietal that works with a truffle-topped pizza. Sauvignon Blanc is a no-brainer for delicacies like truffle lemon shrimp scampi and avocado smashed on toast.

A cultured person is one who appreciates the finer things in life; like how truffle scrapings lend a deeper, richer flavor to portobello, cremini, and button mushrooms. How gnocchi are enhanced being tossed in truffle-infused flour and how New York strip steak just isn’t the same without a slab of truffle butter melting on the top.

Truffles introduce you to another plane of living and pleasure. You must know how to behave around a truffle, and never use a stranger’s nailbrush or toothbrush. They may use it to clean their truffles and would never want it violated. A person’s truffle brush is sacrosanct.

Many believe that the scent of truffle is one of the most exquisite perfumes in the world. A trail of umami aromas is a sign of a privileged, sybaritic life.