Too early in the season, none have arrived yet.
I would never buy white truffles without knowing exactly where they came from and when. Those could have been in someone’s deep freeze since last year. The three local retailers I know who get them direct from Italy don’t have any yet. Neither does Urbani’s web shop.
Babbo got some Monday:
This page says they’re $230 an ounce and Urbani’s working with restaurants in NYC to do a festival Nov. 5-12:
In about 2-3 weeks, Surfas in Culver City will have fresh white truffles.
In years past, they’ve had some white truffles at $4,000 / lb.
Okay, so for $250 you can get an ounce at Surfas. Is that enough for anything? How much truffle does one use on buttered pasta? I’ve only had it in restaurants.
A one-ounce truffle is four good servings. If it’s not insanely aromatic, save your money.
Shave it, small or large!
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