Tartufo di Pizzo is a delicious Italian dessert that originates from the region of Calabria. Specifically, it can be found in the towns and communes of Pizzo, Amantea, and Tropea. This delightful treat is a type of ice cream dessert that is shaped like a truffle and is typically filled with a rich chocolate or hazelnut cream.

In Pizzo, you can find Tartufo di Pizzo at the renowned Gelateria Ercole, which has been serving this specialty since 1968. Another popular spot to enjoy this dessert is Gelateria Bar Dante, located in Amantea. Both of these establishments offer a wide variety of flavors and toppings to choose from, ensuring a delightful experience for any dessert lover.

One popular recipe for Tartufo di Pizzo involves combining chocolate and hazelnut gelato, shaping it into small balls, and then coating them in cocoa powder. Another variation includes adding a cherry or a whole hazelnut in the center of the gelato before shaping it into a truffle. These recipes can be easily found online or in Italian dessert cookbooks.

Tartufo di Pizzo has been recognized with the prestigious PAT (Traditional Agri-Food Product) recognition, which guarantees its traditional production methods and high-quality ingredients. The specifications for this recognition include using only natural ingredients, such as fresh milk, cream, and high-quality chocolate or hazelnut paste. The dessert must also be made by hand and undergo a specific freezing process to achieve its unique texture.

Sources:
– “Tartufo di Pizzo” – Gelateria Ercole (gelateriaercole.it)
– “Gelateria Bar Dante” – Amantea (gelateriabardante.it)
– “Tartufo di Pizzo Recipe” – Giallo Zafferano (giallozafferano.it)