other great wild mushroom used in Italy is the Ovili which has an
orange cap and is usually sliced very finely and used in salads (the
most popular being in a salad with just parmasan and rocket).
In Italy they're a
much anticipated part of the seasonal menu
and people get up early in the morning to go out looking for them in
the woods and forests. The best locations are often closely guarded
If you live in Italy and can't be bothered to go out and pick them (or
in the case of truffles - you don't have a licence!), then you can
always buy them. Fresh porcini are readily available in most markets
when in season (assuming the weather has been favourable).
Outside Italy, it might be harder to find them fresh and you'll need to
be prepared to pay for them! But they're worth it! Some of the best
restaurants will have them on the menu when they're in season too! Try
specialist Italian food stores and markets in major cities. Dried
Porcini mushrooms are much easier to find in almost every supermarket
now but nothing beats the taste of fresh Porcini!
you can find them at "The Wild Mushroom Company" in London's Borough
Market and you can eat fine Umbrian
trufles when in season at Vasco
and Pierro's Italian Pavillion