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Review of Il Trifulau

Il Trifulau
Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Sinio
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 8, 2012

On our first night in the Piemonte, we had a marvelous dinner at Il Trifulau. Reservations are required. We had called well in advance and explained that there are certain meats we don’t eat. When we arrived, the menu was perfect for us! And we were the only diners that night. The table was set for us next to the fire which was nice since it was a very cold night. The first order of business, if you want to eat white truffles, is to have a look at the basket of truffles they bring to the table and pick which you want. It is then weighed and you pay for that in addition to whatever else you eat. The prices were very fair for white truffles (less per etto than other restaurants in the area). We started with a simple egg frittata with tartufo nero. Very tasty, followed by an insalata of mushrooms. The fonduta with tartufo bianco was very rich and excellent and the tagliatelle (tajarin) with white truffle was simple and very good. We also had rabbit in wine sauce that was great and cooked carrots. We had a nice mix of three desserts. We like the flan-like budino di cioccolatto best. The baby pear in wine and torta made with hazelnuts were good too. The couple who own the place clearly love their little restaurant and their small cantina which they toured us through for a little tasting at the end of our meal. Their organic wine is very good, by the way, and we ended up buying several bottles. We’ll go back for sure!

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Reviewed November 16, 2008

The previous review and the recommendation from our fantastic B&B (Cascina sant'Eufemia) juiced us up but still we were in for quite a surprise. This is not your typical restaurant experience, it rather feels like you are inviting yourself into somebody's home.

After being greeted by 3 truffle hunting dogs & telling the master of the house that I only spoke limited Italian, he replied 'neither do I, I only speak Piemontese' ...

But we got around language wise and after selecting 'our' truffle (16gr for 52€) we got 3 appetizers (raw minced meat, pancake with black truffles, fonduta[a cheese sauce]), 1 pasta dish, some very delicious rabbit in red wine sauce and 2 desserts (hazelnut cake and chocolate pudding) and with some white wine (this is a red wine region, faux pas on my behalf) the total damage was 108€

This place is a bit tricky to find .. the map info to your right (as of 11/08) is incorrect: Take the gravel road starting at N 44° 36.355′ E 8° 1.498′ and follow it to N 44° 36.450′ E 8° 1.338′.

I am looking forward to return, even when the truffle season is over, hopefully with some more vocabulary to try other dishes.

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Reviewed October 18, 2008

Once again we relied on our wonderful hosts at Cascina sant'Eufemia to make reservations at a local restaurant in the Piemonte region where we could eat some white truffles.
They did not steer us wrong when they made reservations at Il Trifulau in Sinio.
This restaurant/agriturismo can be a little difficult to find but they do have signs pointing the way. Just know that when you turn onto the gravel road and pull up to house with few lights on and few cars that you have arrived and are in good hands. You will also be greeted by truffle dogs in the driveway.
The restaurant is small and cozy with a fireplace in the corner of the room and beautiful antique furniture and checkered tablecloths on the tables. The walls are covered with memorabilia and old photos of truffle hunters and the area from the 30's and 40's.
Also know that very little to no English is spoken here so make sure that you take your phrase book or dictionary with you. The agriturismo is run by Benvenuto, his wife and daughter. His wife and daughter do the cooking and Benvenuto serves the food, will regale you with stories about truffles and wine (in Italian) and help you pick your truffle.
For a real treat plan your visit to the Piemonte in October or November when the white truffle is in season.
Upon arriving we were shown to our table and Benvenuto brought out a basket of white truffles and a scale so that we could choose our truffle. The truffle that we chose for our dinner weighed 30g and cost around 90eu.
Dinner is a set menu of seven courses. The first course of raw beef (tartare style) with an obscene amount of our big white truffle shaved over it. Second course was a fritata with black truffles. Third course was wild mushrooms collected on their property with some herbs and olive oil and vinegar. Fourth course was a risotto with white truffle shaved on it. Fifth course was ravioli with the last of the white truffle shaved over it. Sixth course was veal with black truffle. Seventh course was dolce.
We also had two bottles of the wine that he makes Dolcetto and Nebbiolo and bought a bottle to take home with us.
Benvenuto and his family grow the grapes for the wine, the vegetables for the restaurant, the eggs come from their chickens. I don't think that the food could get any fresher.
We also got a tour of his Cantina (cellar) after dinner and got to taste the 2006 and 2007 Dolcettos out of the tanks. This really made the evening more special for us. The hospitality and friendliness that our hosts showed us was above and beyond our expectations.
The cantina dates back to the roman time and is all old rock walls. It even has a concreted over cistern. There is a lot of old wine memorabilia in the cantina including a wooden bottle corker from the 1700's.
This was the best meal that we had on our entire 16 day trip in Italy. The meal with wine for two was around 200eu and more than worth it and would have cost triple in the US. You can go with a less expensive truffle to bring the cost down more.
A truly Italian experience to eat food collected and grown on the land where we ate.

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