Piedmont - Italy
Our decision to travel to the most prestigious wine region in Italy for our final menu of the year was void of any arm twisting, as it’s home to perhaps what is our favorite seasonal ingredient.
With hazelnuts, cheese, chocolate, and most importantly, Alba white truffles, landing in Piedmont heightened our sense of decadence and adventure.Nestled between the Ligurian coast and the Alps in northwest Italy, the region’s name meaning “foot of the mountains”.
It features a cool morning fog that burns off to a warm Mediterranean climate, ideal for growing Nebbiolo and Barbera grapes on the southern facing slopes. The landscape of lush valleys bordered by peaks of both mountains and castles has the idyllic storybook quality to paint the perfect culinary picture.
Since its inception, Maude has heralded truffles every season and despite the restaurant’s new concept, this year will be no different. “The white truffle from Alba, Piedmont is the daddy of all truffles. They totally move you; I have an instinctual attraction to them.
From the first time I smelled a white truffle, I was like “Oh, what do we have here?” I was working in one of Marco Pierre White’s restaurants and I can remember the truffle man coming in, opening the box and that was it, I was completely drawn in," Curtis remembers.
Piedmont is intoxicating not only for the region’s ingredients but for its wine. Head Sommelier, Andrey Tolmachyov honors Nebbiolo and Barbera, the region’s gems from the vine, by pairing wines beautifully with Executive Chef Justin Hilbert’s interpretation of Italy.