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  • Bert Oct 19, 2010 08:08 PM
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anyone had or seen white truffles yet this season?

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  1. Cal/Oregon or European?

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    1. re: AAQjr

      European... Answering that question made me feel very Monty Python...

    2. I've gotten e-mails from Providence and Patina...saying they're serving special white truffle menus. A friend had dinner at Providence the other night and had a pasta dish with white truffles.....she said they were quite good. I'm heading there soon myself!

      1. Yes they are already about, but hold on to your money. They will be much better in another 3 or 4 weeks

        1. I've seen them at Leonidas in Santa Monica.

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          1. re: sushigirlie

            I heard that the truffles at Leonidas are not rooted out by sustainable pigs.

            -Harry

            1. re: Harry Niletti

              Or trained dogs for that matter.

              1. re: Harry Niletti

                Just curious: what makes a pig sustainable?

                1. re: RicRios

                  i think he was joking as leonida's in SM is a chocolate store.

              2. re: sushigirlie

                You saw truffles the tuber type at leonidas or white chocolate truffles?

              3. As a chef and a man obsessed with truffles I can honestly say that the truffles this year have been stunning. In terms of aroma, flavor, size and availability it looks to be a banner year. They are far less expensive then last season so mind what you pay and enjoy.

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                1. re: Mimoso

                  I agree. I just had platefuls of the stuff in Rome and it's better than its been the past 3 years, even this early in the season.

                2. I've seen them at the Hollywood Farmer's Market at the LA FungHi booth down by the Arclight end of the market.

                  www.LAFungHi.com

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                  1. re: galeforcewind

                    Price? Quality?

                    1. re: vinosnob

                      Sorry, didn't buy them, just know they have them. Someone came early and bought their whole supply last week - if one wants to use demand as an indication of quality ...

                      1. re: galeforcewind

                        Wow, that says something!

                      2. re: vinosnob

                        If it's the mushroom guy.....he has domestic truffles every year around this time. Actually, they must be early this year.....usually, they're closer to thanksgiving. i think the price is normally in the $30 a pound range.....

                        1. re: perk

                          How long does he have the local truffles? I recall Alba has a mid-January cutoff which is right about the time I'll be in need. Lucky me :(

                          1. re: Gnoop

                            IIRC last year you could get local truffles until the 1st week of February

                            1. re: AAQjr

                              That shouldn't be too bad, then. White truffle risotto it will be!

                        2. re: vinosnob

                          I spoke with the owner....$4000/lb, or about $250/ounce which is what wally's/beverly hills cheese store are charging.

                          Urbani mail order has them for $138/ounce...so I may order from them...anyone have any experiences with them? I know they are probably the biggest importer of truffles and truffle condiments so I'm not concerned, but any first hand experience with them would be nice before I drop $300 on a couple shrooms :)

                          1. re: manku

                            Not first hand, but urbani truffles got positive reviews on another board:

                            http://wineberserkers.com/viewtopic.p...

                            1. re: manku

                              The Urbani family controls 80% of the entire world's truffle business.
                              If you like old fashioned Mafia, go for it!

                              ( Even the town where their headquarters are located sounds suggestive: Anatolia di Narco...
                              http://panjiva.com/Urbani-Tartufi-S-N... )