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Urbani truffle products?

Does anybody in the Bay Area besides Draeger's carry Urbani truffle products?

They're readily available online, it'd just be nice to save shipping.

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  1. call Cheese Plus 921-2001 on Polk if you're in SF
    I saw some Urbani products there last year: the white and and blk truffle oil
    unless you seek fresh truffles.

    Cheese Plus
    2001 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

    1. I bought Urbani black truffle oil recently @ The Pasta Shop on College.

      1. I would think A.G. Ferrari would carry

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        1. re: celeryroot

          They carry a different brand, TartufLanghe.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            forgot to add..I bought black truffle Urbani butter @ Piedmont Grocery just last week as well.

            1. re: roxie

              I saw the Urbani butter at Costco this weekend, also.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Oooh, which Costco is that? I found truffle butter once at the Costco near my place but alas, never again since then.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Thanks! Richmond is a little far for me but figured I'd look at Foster City which is the closest Costco to me that carries the fancy cheeses. Found it there...what a deal!

                  2. re: arlenemae

                    I saw it in Redwood City but that was back on 12/1...

          2. Redwood City Costco had Urbani truffle butter today...

            1. Lucca (Ravioli) Delicatessen on 22nd and Valencia (not the Marina one) in the city has the small bottles of truffle oil.

              Lucca Ravioli
              1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. San Francisco Costco has the truffle butter for $10.79 +/-

                1. I've seen their cheaper products for years at supermarkets, specifically Andronicos, but I have tried them and don't recommend them. If they're not painfully expensive, WATCH OUT -- and maybe even if they are.

                  Urbani (whose quality Italian canned truffles my parents first got in the 1950s), in recent years, as if in the hands of a new generation, is one of the firms that pioneered the move toward debasement of commercial truffle and wild-mushroom products.

                  Urbani markets large bags of dried "Porcini" mushrooms (the term connotes Italy) that are "products of Italy and China" (ask experienced local high-end chefs what percentage of these mushrooms actually come from Italy, and how they get their smoky flavor). Urbani markets in jars or cans preserved _Tuber aestivum,_ the cheap so-called summer truffles (in preserved form so like real black truffles in appearance and name, but so different in flavor, if any, and that mostly from the Tuber menalosporum essence that's added and listed on the label) in ways easily confused with classic black (T. melanosporum) truffles even if Urbani stops short of fraudulently labeling them so (as at least one other Italian firm selling through Draeger's, I believe, does).

                  You've seen my tirades about phony or tarted-up truffle products here before (e.g. below), and you probably haven't seen the many others, and general truffle tutorials, I've posted online for many years. I was disappointed to see the once-prestigious Urbani label jump wholeheartedly onto that opportunistic bandwagon, and they periodically even underline it, to those knowledgeable about truffles: e.g. when the NY Times interviewed truffle marketers a few years back and the Urbani spokesperson cautioned everyone about one cheap flavorless truffle species from Asia, omitting to mention the other major cheap flavorless truffle species that Urbani itslf has pushed so hard. Caveat emptor !!!


                  1. i was just at the mountain view costco today, and was surprised to see urbani white truffles - $1799.99/lb. seemed a bit out of place. they were portioned in the ~$300 range, so 2-3 ozs.

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                    1. re: uclagee

                      Did they appear to be in good shape? How were they packaged?

                      Re the above-mentioned truffle butter, at that price it's presumably had no more than a passing acquaintance with a real Tuber magnatum Pico, and is scented with 2,4-dithiapentane or one of the other synthetic aromatics. I'd just buy regular butter and dose it with "truffle" oil.

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        packaged in just a small plastic container, maybe like 4 pcs in each I didn't really look that carefully. just was really surprised that costco was selling them, and the fact that they were just sitting in an open chiller (refrigerated, not frozen)... you would think they'd have this under lock and key at this price!

                      2. re: uclagee

                        Thanks for that great photo, uclagee! Good old Costco. Probably had ordinary produce nearby at a dollar or less a pound, not much else would fetch 1800/lb. (Reminds me of a visit to a Wine Club location at the peak of the dot-com boom. Shopping with a European co-worker I noticed full boxes, out on the floor amid everyday wines, of DRC's Montrachet and Romanée-Conti. Traditionally the most expensive white and red wines in the world, respectively. The white was labeled $1499 and the red something like $4000, and isn't even normally sold separately (it's sold bundled with lesser wines). I pulled out one of each as a nonchalant (nonserious) suggestion for my co-worker.

                        Costcos around here handle some amazing high-end food products, despite the warehouse-store image. I've seen outstanding and well-priced meats, artisanal cheeses, wines. Some knowledgeable food-fanatic friends swear by Costco.