Meaning of tartufo in English:


Pronunciation /tɑːˈtuːfəʊ/

nounplural noun tartufos

  • 1An edible fungus, especially the white truffle.

    ‘If you can try to get your hands on the ever-elusive tartufo nero or black truffle from Norcia.’
    • ‘The potato's resemblance to a truffle is shown in the 16th-century name turma de tierra (earth truffle) and in early Italian names tartufo bianco (white truffle) and taratufflo.’
    • ‘Scampi and cardoon risotto, risotto with tartufo bianco, brodo di pesce, veal kidney's, and so on.’
    • ‘A way to extend its power is in a black truffle sauce, often based on tartufo nero oil.’
    • ‘A fur-and-pearls clientele come to be comforted with well-cooked classics such as tortellini al tartufo.’
  • 2An Italian dessert consisting of ice cream formed into the shape of a ball or dome and coated with chocolate.

    ‘To finish, we shared two desserts: Torta tartufo al cioccolato, rich chocolate mousse on an Amaretto base; and Banana con cioccolata, oven-baked caramelised banana, sweet crepes and chocolate sauce, with ice cream.’
    • ‘The nougat noire, a sort of tartufo with whipped cream and raspberry coulis, and the banana death cake drizzled in chocolate, were both good.’


Italian, literally ‘truffle’.