Savini Tartufi - Montanelli (PI)
Savini is a family who turned its passion into a job. The story of Savini Tartufi dates back to the '20 and to Giuseppe Savini, an iconic farmer from Balconevisi, a small town on the hills of Tuscany. His passion was to go truffle hunting with his loyal dog. Giuseppe was the father of four children. One of them, Zelindo, started working at Villa Saletta estate, becoming a point of reference for the Lords and the farmers: he had to take care of the reserves and to lead the Gambacastelli family's guests through the woods for hunting. During dinners in the estate, truffle was always on the table. Day by day many gentlemen from Northern Italy started to refer to Zelindo for buying truffles that he could apparently collect and buy from other truffle hunters. After few years Zelindo decided to leave Villa Saletta to work as a full-time truffle hunter. He bought a shop with a cafè in Montanelli, which became a meeting point for truffle hunters. In the back of the shop Zelindo improved his business of buying and selling of truffles with the help of his son, Luciano, who at that time was a young pastry chef. Very soon Luciano becomes the most important point of reference for restaurants and local delicatessen shops. Today the company is lead by the third generation: Cristiano, Carlo e Romina.