truffles in rome
we're about to go in a couple of weeks and a friend wants us to bring back a white truffle. I have a few salumerias in mind but was wondering if anyone has a great rec. for a trustworthy place (after that NYT piece on Roman restaurants and US tourists this past summer, I am not very trusting...)
I would personally start with Volpetti on Via Marmorata (Testaccio). I am not a truffle fancier but their selection of wonderful delicacies is unbeatable in my experience. Its a zoo in there around the holidays, we warned.
Beware fresh truffle imports from the European Community pay 100% import tax!
Type TRUFFLES, click "List_Items", choose "99030232.--EC goods (not United Kingdom): Truffles, fresh or chilled (provided for in subheading 0709.52)--07/29/1999 ", click "Details", look under
"2006 Normal Trade Relations (NTR) duty rate (formerly known as the Most Favored Nation (MFN) duty rate) - Ad Valorem (percent of value) component 100% "
Also: items must be thoroughly cleaned to avoid any soil contamination, or customs will destroy them.