Fancy fungi are back in action this fall and chefs are currently making it rain marbled Alba white truffle shavings on everything from ice cream to sushi. For fans of the decadent table side add on, this is turning out be a great year price-wise. The truffle harvest was helped out by a whole lot of rain that’s caused prices to plummet about 30 percent below last year’s market value.
While that might mean a lower cost at a local truffle importer, diners should still be prepared to drop a hefty amount at restaurants where perceived luxury often wins the day on spendy truffle-themed menus. Restaurants deal with pricing in different ways. Thomas Keller’s restaurant The French Laundry, for example, has kept truffle supplement prices steady at $175 over the past two years, though its unclear whether the amount of truffle shavings provided has changed. Other establishments like Eataly’s temporary Il Tartufo pop-up in Chicago offer a choice between purchasing a whole truffle or ordering several ounces of truffle shavings. Depending on how many people are dining, The Chicago Tribune points out that going the whole truffle route could be easier on the pocket book.
Seeking out a spot to taste the elite seasonal special? Below, find a sampling of locations in cities across the country serving up the fragrant white truffle for a limited time.
Lincoln Ristorante: This restaurant will host two upcoming dinners focused around white truffles and Piemonte wines. The cost is $295 per person.
Supper Restaurant: Find dishes like gnocchi, risotto, and crispy egg all accompanied by white truffles November 11 through November 20 at this eatery. Prices run between $30 and $50 per dish.
Sushi Nakazawa: Chef Nakazawa is currently draping his top-rated omakase sushi with Alba white truffle shavings.
Per Se: Thomas Keller’s restaurant is charging $175 extra for a truffle supplement on the tasting menu.
RPM Italian: Add truffles to anything from risotto to gnocchi through December. It's $65 for five grams.
Bourbon Steak: Eater D.C. reports that Michael Mina’s meaty restaurant is currently offering a “pristine” table side truffle service. The menu also boasts a cornbread and oyster-stuffed pork chop with Alba white truffle for $46 and roasted Amish chicken with white truffle, foie gras, beech mushrooms, and carrots.
Masseria: Chef Nick Stefanelli is preparing a five-course Truffle & Game tasting menu that can be experienced with or without wine pairings. Look out for carne crudo with veal and black truffles to the pasta dish with squash tortellini, butter, sage, parmigiano and white truffles.
Tune into Eater D.C. for more white truffle tracking.
Il Tartufo at Eataly: Satiate your truffle cravings at Eataly’s truffle-filled pop-up. Order your meal and then choose between add-ons of four grams of shaved truffle for $29 or a whole truffle sold for $7 per gram.
Boka: This Chicago restaurant will shave Alba white truffles over tagliolini with parmesan for $36 for four grams or $72 for eight grams.
Osteria Langhe: Add white truffles to a dish for $15 per gram at this Chicago eatery.
Frasca Food and Wine: This Boulder-based restaurant will celebrate the annual white truffle harvest with dinners on December 12 and December 13. You’ll have to pony up $895 for the pleasure, but the price does include wine, tax, and gratuity.
Barolo Grill: Both the tasting menu and a la carte menu offer truffled options at Barolo in Denver. Add shaved white truffle to any dish on the a la carte menu for $60 ($20 for black truffle for comparison).
SAAM at The Bazaar by José Andrés: Chef Jose Andres’ Beverly Hills restaurant is knee deep in truffle season. The restaurant is currently shaving marbled fungi for a multi-course tasting menu. Featured dishes include “white bread toast.”
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Providence: Order the tasting menu and get a mouthful of truffles at this LA eatery. The chef’s curated menu features sea urchin with white truffle and celery root and California spiny lobster with white truffles and macadamia nut. The cost is $220 sans wine pairing.
Oliveto: The restaurant will host a series of truffle dinners November 15 through November 19 featuring carne cruda of Magruder beef ricotta salata and shaved, truffled egg yolk; parsley root and bone marrow ravioli with cured truffled egg yolk, and more.
Acquerello: The $325 seasonal tasting menu at this San Francisco restaurant is centered around truffles and includes uovo affogato over creamed leeks and butter crumb with shaved white truffles; white truffle gelato and guanaja, seared veal loin with cauliflower, potato gratin, and truffles, and more. The prix fixe menu also offers a “white truffle supplement.”
Donato Enoteca: This Red Wood City option is serving a special white truffle menu through the first week of December for $195 plus an additional $50 for truffle shaving.