Savini’s passion has been passed down for generations. In the 1920s, great-grandfather Savini hunted truffles in the area around San Miniato, but for him, it was the search itself that was interesting rather than actually finding the mushroom. His son Zelindo carried on this passion and, as a gamekeeper, decided to change paths and open his own business. Part restaurant, part food store, it was the perfect place to learn about and handle truffles. Luciano, Zelindo’s son and a chef in his own right, used to run deliveries and had a genius intuition: use the smallest truffles when preparing dishes. Today, Savini vaunts collaborators from all over Tuscany, but they’ve also moved beyond the region’s borders in search of Piedmontese specialties as well. At Mercato Centrale Torino, Savini works with Aurelio Barbero, Luciano’s friend since the 1980s and owner of a historic eatery managed together with his daughter, Claudia. Two families, the best of Tuscan and Piedmontese truffles, one store.
Available at the store: sandwiches with anchovies, tongue or veal, tajarin, risotto, agnolotti, fried eggs, rice salad, tartar, mousse and studel, all of which are made with truffle.