Winter truffles have arrived Truffle season has begun and will last all winter, with the most pungent Périgord black truffles and Alba white truffles commanding top dollar. Here are ten restaurants around the country where you’re sure to find a steady supply of redolent fungi, if you’re willing to pay the price.
Spiaggia | Chicago, Illinois Last winter, Spiaggia spent $70,000 purchasing truffles from Giacomo Marinello’s family estate in Umbria. Chicago’s only Michelin-starred Italian restaurant offers fresh truffles shaved tableside ($85 for 5 grams) to complement earthy mushroom soup ($20) with pine nuts and pesto or perfectly al dente caramelle pasta ($27) stuffed with a blend of pumpkin and foie gras.
Then there’s Spiaggia’s signature white truffle gnocchi ($80) drenched in the silkiest ricotta and parmesan cream sauce – a classic dish that’s been on the menu since opening. Chef Eric Lees handpicks each truffle and gets first pick before Marinello’s other restaurant clients.