One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An edible fungus, especially the white truffle.
- ‘A fur-and-pearls clientele come to be comforted with well-cooked classics such as tortellini al tartufo.’
- ‘If you can try to get your hands on the ever-elusive tartufo nero or black truffle from Norcia.’
- ‘The potato's resemblance to a truffle is shown in the 16th-century name turma de tierra (earth truffle) and in early Italian names tartufo bianco (white truffle) and taratufflo.’
- ‘Scampi and cardoon risotto, risotto with tartufo bianco, brodo di pesce, veal kidney's, and so on.’
- ‘A way to extend its power is in a black truffle sauce, often based on tartufo nero oil.’
2An Italian dessert, containing chocolate, of a creamy mousse-like consistency.
- ‘To finish, we shared two desserts: Torta tartufo al cioccolato, rich chocolate mousse on an Amaretto base; and Banana con cioccolata, oven-baked caramelised banana, sweet crepes and chocolate sauce, with ice cream.’
- ‘The nougat noire, a sort of tartufo with whipped cream and raspberry coulis, and the banana death cake drizzled in chocolate, were both good.’
Italian, literally ‘truffle’.
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