White truffle butter ?
- Jerry Nov 4, 2005 02:01 PM
does anybody know where I can find White truffle butter ?
The pasta shop sells or has sold an italian brand, don't remember the name. It was good. Most recently I purchased some truffle salt there. Ritrovo brand. It is the most truffly (sp?) of the truffle products I have purchased (oil, butter). Its made with black truffles. It is really potent, very good stuff. The Pasta Shop is on 4th Street in Berkeley.
They take "40 grams of black summer truffle from Abruzzi, airdry it, crush it and combine it with Italian sea salt," wrote Amanda Hesser in the New York Times.
"Its aroma skews more closely to real truffle than any truffle oil, truffle butter or truffle honey I've come across."
Last year I wanted something special for Christmas dinner, so I ordered some white truffles from Oregon. Incredible is all I can say. Plus they send them to you and after you are happy then you pay. Might be a bit better than truffle butter, the aroma was undescribable.
re: Robert Lauriston
We got some stunning Oregon whites from Far West Fungi a month ago. Yes, they're different from Italian whites, but when they're correctly handled I think they are equally aromatic. I'm reasonably confident in my comparison, because I've had white truffles at a number of truffle dinners (Delfina, Olivetto, etc.) here in the bay area, and then recently had my best Italian white experience in Italy, just before eating the Oregon whites, and they were pretty darn good. Cheap, too.
I have to say though that the variation I've encountered in Oregon whites is huge, but considering the low price I don't mind too much.
Fabrique Delices makes good truffle butters, white and balck, in addition to their line of charcuterie. You can find the butters at Gourmet Corner in San Mateo.
The Fabrique Delices stand at the San Mateo Farmers' Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the College of San Mateo usually has the butters, too. They sell for $10 apiece. (I think the Gourmet Corner sells them at around $8-9.)
The Gourmet Corner
873 N San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401