Italy by Ingredient: Truffles and Mushrooms

Sat | Nov 10, 2018 | 3–7P PT

Teacher Viola Buitoni

Today truffles and mushrooms are rarefied luxuries, but while Viola was growing up, they were the full basket on her nonna’s arm after an autumnal stroll in the Umbrian woods. In a hands-on class featuring these star ingredients, Viola will teach a hit list of holiday specialties from the kitchen where she honed her appreciation for food by the side of generations of Italian women.

Menu | Recipes

Risotto ai porcini
Porcini risotto

Paté di trombette dei morti
Black trumpet pate

Paté alla spoletina
Black truffle and anchovy pate

Flan di funghi con fonduta di formaggio e tartufi
Mushrooms flan with cheese fondue and truffles

Uova d’anatra in crema al tartufo bianco
Duck eggs and crème fraîche custard with white truffle and parmigiano

Gallinacci al cartoccio
Chanterelle en papillote

About the teacher

Viola Buitoni

VIOLA BUITONI, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon found herself drawn back into the genetic passion for food. In New York City she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop.
Here in San Francisco, Viola can be found giving lectures and leading classes on Italian food traditions in collaboration with the SF Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Consulate and many Bay Area cooking schools. She has produced food articles and cooking videos for, and since 2013, has been a brand ambassador for Baci, the iconic Italian chocolates made by Perugina, the worldwide confectionery brand founded by her great grandfather.
Recently, Viola began speaking on panels about tradition and innovation in food production and leading groups to explore local and artisanal food systems and producers in Italy. You may follow her adventures and find information on traveling with her at


Other Classes taught by Viola

Italian Classics: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
Sat | Aug 15, 2020 | 10A