Aldo Zilli Truffle Lunch launch

Top chef brings prized delicacy to Birmingham.

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli bought a taste of the world’s most expensive food to diners at San Carlo on Temple Street, Birmingham last week.

Oct 21-2015-AldoZilli at Cicchetti Covent Garden

Oct 21-2015-AldoZilli at Cicchetti Covent Garden

Italian born Zilli, Executive Consultant Chef for ’s group of eighteen award winning UK restaurants, jetted in to Birmingham from his birth place in Abruzzo, Italy, with a rare white winter truffle on Friday 28th October.

Aldo returned to Abruzzo to personally select the rare white truffle, so highly prized it’s known as the king of the culinary world. The edible buried treasure was discovered by professional truffle hunters in the national park of the Abruzzo region using specially trained dogs.

Fetching up to £4,000 a kilo, the white fungi are prized for their aromatic qualities and unique taste, growing deep in the soil under trees; they can only be harvested around two months a year.

Aldo handed over the delicacy, as a welcome gesture, to old friend Carmine Sacco of San Carlo in Birmingham and diners at the popular Temple Street restaurant will be able to try the world’s most expensive food for themselves.

The following white truffle menu is available for two weeks or until it’s all been eaten!

San Carlo’s Truffle Menu
• Steak tartare with poached egg and shavings of fresh white truffle
• Lobster and truffle risotto
• Tagliolini with truffle butter and shavings of fresh truffle
• Carpaccio and burrata with shavings of truffle
• Turbot with a truffle, Prosecco and cream sauce

Commenting on the prized truffle, Aldo Zilli said: “Many have tried to describe the aroma and taste of the white truffle – the Romans believed it was an aphrodisiac, maybe it is, it’s intense and earthy and the smell of it can fill a room, but you have to experience it yourself as there’s nothing like it.”

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year from noon until late, San Carlo offers diners the true taste of Italy. The menu features only original and signature Italian dishes; everything is made on the premises using only the best ingredients, many of which are flown in from produce markets across Italy.

The San Carlo Group is proud of its many accolades which include the industry leading Les Routiers in Britain Hospitality and Service award. Booking is highly recommended. For reservations contact San Carlo 0121 633 0251 or email [email protected] For more about San Carlo, visit