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Perbacco will be offering their truffle menu starting Monday.

Anyone else?

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Perbacco
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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  1. Looks like Alexander's having a truffle tasting menu - 9 courses black/white... $390.. ouch! Let me know if you try it.

    Also per EaterSF - Poggio in Sausalito is having their Festa del Tartufo from November 9 - 13th.

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    Poggio
    777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

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    1. re: rosiella1

      I found one more... Palio d'Asti is also starting a truffle menu on November 12 and 13. 5 courses; $75/person + $45 for wine pairing.

    2. There are three more nights of Delfina's truffle menu:
      http://www.delfinasf.com/upcomingEven...

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      Delfina Restaurant
      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: artemis

        I don't see the price of Delfina's truffle menu on their Web site. Does anyone know it?

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        Delfina Restaurant
        3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. re: vincentlo

          It's the regular menu with dishes asterisked if it would pair well with truffles. An additional $35 per dish for an flurry of truffle shavings done tableside by the chef himself. You can also split the $35 of truffles across two dishes.

          I always get the tajarin ( the fresh pasta with butter and cheese) for $15 and add the truffles, so it ends up being $50. We also had the mushroom consomme, which I think was $8. The events page offers the Kuri Squash Sformatino with Fonduta and Chestnuts, Carne Cruda with Truffled Celery Root, Hand-cut Tajarin in bianco, Risotto al Barolo with Radicchio and Bone Marrow, and Veal Arista with Black Trumpet Mushrooms. These were all on the menu, as was the farm egg with greens appetizer (good), the annual permutation of mushroom soup (this year is a consomme; I preferred last years thicker puree type more), and the polenta ($8).

          A few years ago we ventured off the tajarin (sp) into more strongly flavored dishes (some kind of fresh pasta with a braised meat, I think) and while the truffle shavings certainly enhanced the dish, the dish tested less like truffle than I wanted because of the competing flavors. Having learned my lesson, I now stick with the tajarin.

          The menu changes daily, so the truffle menu won't be up online until about 5:30pm on the next truffle night.

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          Barolo Restaurant
          404 San Pedro Ave, Pacifica, CA 94044

      2. I might try Perbacco this week... Love that place and haven't been there in too long!

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        1. re: openhelix

          SPQR has been shaving truffles over simple house made pasta or over a large ricotta stuffed pasta packet with a fried egg on top with very generous 4-6 ounce portion. The pasta plus truffle is $50. Quite a good deal considering they are not stingy with the shavings. SPQR will have them through the rest of the season or until their supplier stops having them. I always enjoy Delfina's truffle menus. Olivetto usually does a truffle menu too and I believe Poggio is doing one this year too.

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          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          SPQR
          1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          Poggio
          777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

          1. re: Amy G

            I went to SPQR for an anniversary dinner at the end of October and was very excited by the option of this truffle pasta. I ordered the second one mentioned above, with the ricotta and the egg. However, it did not live up to the description or the price. I was slightly confused by the type of truffle as well: the waitress pitched the dish as having shaved white truffle, while the server and a different hostess said it was a summer truffle, which didn't make much sense considering the price, preparation or the time of year. The disappointment had nothing to do with the name though, it just wasn't truffle-y. I expected that amazing truffle aroma and it just wasn't there. I saw lots of truffles, but didn't smell them, and barely tasted them.

            I had just come back from Italy in late September, where I had and was blown away by truffles in Orvieto, I was expecting something remotely similar from these truffles, and it just wasn't even close.

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            SPQR
            1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          2. re: openhelix

            I hit Perbacco on Tuesday and it was PACKED!!!! That said, I still enjoyed a very good meal. I had the salumi plate to start which didn't live up to previous experiences. Maybe I'm just spending too much time at Boccalone? Anyway, on to truffles. I had the tajarin with prosciutto, soft boiled farm egg and white truffles. The truffle was weighed and shaved tableside. It was a very generous portion and, by weight, more than advertised on the menu. The meal itself was very good. Very truffle-y but with balance. Outstanding and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again. $43 IIRC

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
            1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

          3. Oliveto will be having their Truffle dinners starting on November 17th through the 20th. Truffles are brought in fresh from Italy by the owner (hand carried).

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            Oliveto Cafe
            5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618