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The child and his guitar

Simone Calugi from “Selektia Tartufi”and how his passion for truffle was born.
We can certainly say: the Child, the truffle and his guitar.
Simone was a 10-year-old boy who grew up in a family of Tuscan truffle hunters with a great passion for music, and his only dream was to receive his first guitar as a gift, in order to start playing it.
That evening, his dad – Renato Calugi – decided it was the right time to satisfy his son, but the young Simone could only earn that guitar by hunting truffle with him, and so father and son set off for their first "truffle hunt" with their inseparable - a four year-old half-breed - truffle dog.
But sometimes the destiny amuses itself by complicating things: as it often happens in the Tuscan countryside, the weather conditions changed rapidly, and during the evening the rain started to fall lightly at first, but then heavier and heavier: in a very short time the two truffle hunters were both hit by a real rainstorm.
"I thought we wouldn't have found anything and that we’d have come back home “empty-handed” – Simone tells us today - I had my boots full of water and I couldn't walk, because they were stuck in the mud. My father is really passionate for truffles, but with such awful weather he was actually thinking of going back home".

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passione per il tartufo
So the two truffle hunters were both persuaded to leave, when suddenly the dog "sniffed out" the truffle on the edge of a ditch and rapidly began to dig. After only few seconds a huge white truffle came out with its unique smell: Simone could never forget it … The fate favoured the little Simone, turning him into a young truffle hunter. And what a joy for Simone when with the earnings from the sale of that first great white Tuscan truffle, he could finally buy his first and beloved guitar: Simone still keeps it with care even these days. "We can certainly say that my passion for truffles started in that moment" affirms today Simone Calugi the person who has been able to transform that family activity into "Selektia Tartufi", a leading company in this sector that is now highly considered and appreciated all over the world.

Selektia Tartufi has been elected and certified Italian Excellence

The recognition is due to compliance with the quality standards of Made in Italy and beyond. Thanks to the commitment and respect of the strict production protocols in terms of hygiene, health and organization, Selektia has also obtained other important certifications such as IFS, BRC, BIO and KOSHER.
The values that distinguish Selektia Tartufi are quality, passion, tradition and sustainability. Very important values that led the company to offer unique specialties in their kind and to be elected Italian excellence.

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The company demands the use of natural raw materials and simple production processes and chooses not to use additives and preservatives in order not to alter the taste and quality of the finished product.
In addition to the Tuscan Truffle and fresh mushrooms, preserved, dried and frozen also artichokes, zucchini and other vegetables typical of our land. The company is proud to represent the Made in Italy in the world and to be part of the Italian Excellences.


Revisited tradition

Selektia Tartufi has decided to make unique one of the most appreciated condiments by Italians.
A delicious mix of fresh basil, Dop parmesan, pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and Summer Truffle.
A recipe that will make every dishes absolutely great from the simplest to the most sought after.
Ideal to flavor first courses, pizzas and even meat and fish.

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