Subject: Truffles (real ones, not chocolate)
I want to share with you a well kept secret. About 30 miles south of Trieste, right after crossing the border between Slovenia and Croatia, there's a hill area with little towns perched on top of those hills. The names are unfamiliar to most (Kastel, Buje, Groznijan to name a few) but there you can taste a very good white truffle for half the price you pay in Umbria or Piedmont. The restaurants are essential, the homemade cooking is very raw, but a plate of tagliatelle with a generous amount of sliced truffle on it is a great treat. It used to be a lot more cheaper a few years ago, but it's still a deal. You can enjoy also grilled meat of all kinds (boar and deer included).

Buon appetito! Paolo