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Mar 7, 2014 11:22 AM

Best white truffles in Florence and Rome

We will be returning to Rome and Florence next November & have purposely timed our visit to coincide with white truffle season.

Do you have any special recommendations? We will be splurging on La Pergola in Rome so would prefer less formal options.

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. Have you thought about including a side trip to the Langhe region of Piemonte? Dining in the restaurants of Alba and the surrounding countryside will greatly increase your odds of enjoying your dining experience with white truffles.

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    1. re: DavidT

      It's a possibility David and something we've always wanted to do- but timing may be tough on this trip. One year I would actually like to buy our own at the truffle market and prepare it ourself- but that's a future trip.

      We've had incredibly good luck on past trips to Italy. A few years ago, we had an amazing truffle experience at Fiaschetteria Toscana in Venice. That was an unexpected delight.

      I'm hoping we will be as fortunate on this next trip.

      1. re: Lajollawendy

        If you are driving between Rome and Florence (and your time is unlimited :) consider a stop in Trevi, Umbria (Maybe combined with Life Italian Style's suggestion of Gubbio) to San Pietro a Pettine. They offer truffle hunting workshops, meals and gorgeously packaged products.

    2. You might want to consider a trip to Gubbio in Umbria (between Florence and Rome) - they are famous for white truffles. They have their annual White Truffle Festival, Mostra Mercato Nazionale del Tartufo Bianco, the weekend of November 1 (a national holiday). Other (lesser known) towns that specialize in white truffles are Pietralunga, Citta' di Castello, and Trevi.

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      1. re: LifeItalianStyle

        I'm going to check on our route and see if any of these towns are possible stops. Thanks for the suggestion.

        1. re: Lajollawendy

          Another place close to Florence that's known for truffles is San Giovanni d'Asso. It's off the SS2 (Via Cassia) about an hour and a half from Florence. It is in a truly beautiful part of Tuscany called the Crete Senese, so it would make a perfect day trip or overnight stop from Florence. Their white truffle festival is in November and they have a tuffle museum as well.

      2. Rome is not a truffle destination, so don't expect to find truffles at normal restaurants. However, practically any place is less formal than La Pergola. I have seen truffles handled well at Al Ceppo, a restaurant I like very much at any time of year. They put them on carbonara, which makes sense, since cheese and egg are the best background for them. Possibly also Antico Arco, but I may be imagining that.

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        1. re: mbfant

          Al Ceppo sounds like a place locals frequent which we prefer when traveling- will definitely put on the list.

          1. re: mbfant

            Yes antico arco offers good truffle dishes in season and also roscioli.

          2. Had about 4 plates of the stuff at La Campana. Delicious pasta, wonderfully fragrant. Gratuitous shot of the grilled porcini that we also consumed multiple plates of.

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            1. re: Porthos

              Is La Campana in Rome or Florence?

                1. re: DavidT

                  Rome- on Vicolo Della Campana- it sounds authentic, local & delicious.

                2. re: Porthos

                  This looks amazing- just read up on TA and it sounds perfect. Really appreciate the tip!

                3. I had amazing truffle dishes at Tre Panche in Florence. It is outside the city center - definitely a cab ride - but so worth the trip.

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                  1. re: valmar

                    You had me at truffles but this comment on TA sealed the deal:
                    - fresh local food simply prepared in an unpretentious authentic environment