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where to buy italian white truffles in philadelphia

stickyrubber Nov 7, 2010 08:08 PM

Hi, does anyone know where to get italian white truffles? I want to try cooking with the white variety, never done it before. I saw some at Mario Battaly's Eataly in NYC a few days ago but because of lack of refrigeration and i couldn't make it back before closing time to rush it back home to Philly. Anyway, I checked dibruno's and Iovine's at Reading Terminal Market and they didn't have any truffles, black or white. If anyone knows of a source in Philly for italian whites, please please please let me know thanks!

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    Unkle Al RE: stickyrubber Nov 8, 2010 05:05 AM

    A real problem, are we living in the boonies?? I was searching for fresh porcinis a few weeks ago and could not find them. I saw beautiful poricinis at Eataly and could not bring them back because the weather, at that time, was too hot. So, I will be looking forward to reading the reply from anyone that answers your question.

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      barryg RE: Unkle Al Nov 8, 2010 05:23 AM

      Editing my post, I had some bad info in there. I do think I saw fresh porcinis at the mushroom guy at the Headhouse Square market.

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        stickyrubber RE: Unkle Al Nov 8, 2010 06:05 AM

        Call to confirm, but I think I saw porcinis at Iovine's yesterday, they had that and those blue foot mushrooms, the chantrelles and a couple others.

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          18465 RE: Unkle Al Nov 8, 2010 03:23 PM

          No, in the boonies you caan go in the woods and pick them yourself. I've been doing it for decades. Perhaps you are living in an urban wasteland instead? porcinis that is.

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          Hungryin theBurbs RE: stickyrubber Nov 8, 2010 05:36 AM

          I know DiBruno's had black truffles last week. Haven't seen white ones yet. They aren't so delicate that you need to worry about keeping them refrigerated. They can last quite a while just fine out of the fridge.

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            ladybugthepug RE: stickyrubber Nov 8, 2010 05:39 AM

            You might try calling Vetri to see if they can help you out. I don't know how many you're looking for, but many times I find it easier to talk to an actual kitchen. They may even have an explanation as to why you can't find them.

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              stickyrubber RE: ladybugthepug Nov 8, 2010 06:06 AM

              Thanks for the tip, I'll try Vetri, I'm looking for just 1 small piece, I'm afraid I won't have the time to use it all before it goes bad.

            2. phillybakingqueen RE: stickyrubber Nov 8, 2010 02:07 PM

              Most restaurants get specialty products like white truffles from specialty food distributors. Specialty food distributors pay about $900/lb for white truffles and then add a significant margin to that before selling to restaurants. If you find a restaurant that is willing to sell one to you, then they will add a margin as well. You will likely end up spending about $300 for one, decent-sized truffle. Just FYI.

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