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Jan 3, 2007 03:44 AM

I want to try Truffles but I don't know where

I want to try this extremely expensive and sought after Fungi but I don't know where. I am a foodie like most of you and I want to at least try it once in my life.

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  1. A disclaimer first: I assume you mean white truffles, or more specifically: Tuber Magnatum Pico.
    That being the case, I'm afraid too late right now, you'll have to wait 'till next season (Nov-Dec 2007).
    By that time post again, C'Hounders will surely point the way to the saint Grial.

    1. Melisse has an all-truffle menu. You can smell it when you walk in the door.

      PS- if you are given the option to add white truffles to your pasta or risotto in a restaurant, ask how much it is first. If it's more than $35 it's too much IMO. Order them online, get a truffle shaver, store them in dry rice, and shave them over fresh pasta.

      1. What do they taste like? Are they worth all the hype and the price?

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        1. re: Cali

          Start with some truffle oil on pasta and scrambled eggs. If you like it, move on up.

          1. re: julietg

            Can I get Truflle Oil at Trader Joe's?

            1. re: Cali

              I'm not sure if TJs carries. I get my truffle oil at Oliver's and
              Co. I love white truffle oil drizzled over pasta with fresh gratted parmesian- as a matter of fact- I had for dinner tonight!

              1. re: Cali

                Trader Joe's carries both white and black truffle oil, but not all the time. When they have it, go for the white, as it will give you a stronger impression of what truffles are all about.

            2. re: Cali

              tastes kind of like garlic.. the aroma is just amazing. worth it.. providence just had a all truffle tasting menu too..

              1. re: yum

                Thanks for your vivid description. I think I will check out where I can find some truffle oil.

                1. re: yum

                  We had lunch at Providence last Friday and the 9 course Market Menu tasting had truffles shaved on a few dishes. Not as decadent as the full truffle tasting menu, but good nonetheless.

                2. re: Cali

                  yes, agree with the truffle oil (preferably white truffle oil) suggestion if you've never tasted before -- I agree the aromas (a combo of subdued garlic/onion and really woodsy, earthy mushrooms, in my opinion) is unbelievable.


                  1. re: Cali

                    I had my first proper tasting of white truffles shaved over pasta for $80 last month at Vincenti.

                    Honestly didn't think it was worth the hype, not something I would be rushing to order again. Just my opinion.

                  2. ive never had white truffles but would love to try them. anywhere that will still have truffles on the menu this weekend?

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                    1. re: missholmes

                      Looks like Melisse stills has them up on their website


                      Any other restaurant, I would say that they just haven't updated their site yet, but I think these guys are pretty web-savy; I get html-filled emails from them monthly.

                    2. Best at the moment are at:
                      VALENTINO (best of 06')
                      SPAGO ***
                      PROVIDENCE ***
                      ANGELINI ** (two weeks ago)
                      (been to ***for truffle testing in the last week)