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About Savini Tartufi

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Savini is a family, a family who turned its passion into a job.
Since 1920 until today Savini has harmoniously been working respecting nature and people.
A story of courage and temper allowing the brand Savini Tartufi to become an important qualitative landmark in the word of truffle.


The history of the Savini family goes back to the ‘20s.
Giuseppe Savini was a farmer from Balconevisi, a small town on the hills near San Miniato. His passion was to go truffle hunting with his loyal dog; a common hobby in the Pisan countryside then and now.


Giuseppe Savini was the father of four children, among them the third one was Zelindo. Zelindo started early to work as workmen at the Villa Saletta estate, near Palaia. Because of his determined and sure nature he becomes a point of reference for the lords and for the farmers. So he obtains a more important role: he has to take care of the reserves of the estate and to lead the Gambacastelli family’s guests through the woods for hunting.

Among the inalienable ingredients of the lavish dinners and lunches in honor of the Gambacastelli’s guests there were wild game, olive oil and wine, and another fruit of the woods was never missing: truffle!


At that time truffle was not well-known, but those gentlemen from northern Italy, from Lombardy and Piedmont especially seeing the abundance of White truffle on these tables, started to refer to Zelindo for buying truffles he would collect during the week from other truffle hunters.

It could seem like a simple hobby but this is actually the beginning of our history…
The turning point was marked when Zelindo took the liberty to buy a gift for himself after a long period of buying and selling truffle. He replaced his old Vespa with a BSA 1000, a motorbike in great demand in those days!


But Zelindo’s hard-earned an desired motorbike which he used for moving through the Villa Saletta estate, was not digested by the lord. So summoned him to his office and ordered him to immediately get rid of the vehicle that not even he could "afford". Almost like a “truffle dog” Zelindo sniffs the turning point and not only he decides not to sell the vehicle but he also decides to leave his work place and to start his new life as full-time truffle hunter.


He bought a grocery shop with an adjoining bar in Montanelli, a village in the Municipality of Palaia, near Forcoli, a reference point for hunters and truffle hunters. It was a pleasant meeting place for sunrise breakfasts and morning snacks. In this way Zelindo entered even more into the world of the truffle hunters, living with it in close contact morning and evening; to be able to withdraw to the back shop at the right time for the purchase and sale of truffles, away from prying and curious eyes. The middle son, Luciano (at the time, a young pastry chef and a great lover of cooking), naturally with the passion of the Truffle already firmly in his DNA, almost as a sign of recognition for the Savinis, together with his wife Carla, took care of the Bar.

Luciano also followed and helped Zelindo in visits to truffle hunters, in trips for negotiations halfway with the various traders from Piedmont and Milan. Soon, Luciano became the most important reference for local restaurants and delicatessens.



The history and the expertise acquired over the years give Savini the ability to create an articulated range of products of the highest quality.
Products that go alongside fresh and fragrant truffles, fruit of the Tuscan land. In these places, Savini has been dealing with truffles for 4 generations.

Today Savini is a modern company, an excellence of Made in Italy that looks to the future, strong in its ancient values.


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