5 Bay Area Restaurants to Get Your White Truffle Fix on Now

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It’s that wonderful time of year when white truffles, or tartufi bianchi, start popping up on menus throughout the Bay Area. We’ve dug around to find the menus with the best dishes featuring the precious Italian funghi. Here are five restaurants you’ll want to dine at soon to get your fill of white truffles.


1 Poggio Trattoria

Chef Benjamin Balesteri from Poggio Trattoria in Sausalito recently returned from Sardinia, just in time to celebrate the arrival of white truffles. Guests can enjoy delicious dishes from Thursday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 21. Menu highlights include: carne crudo: hand chopped veal with castelmagno cheese and a quail egg; tajarin: hand cut pasta with sage butter; raviolo filled with ricotta cheese, egg yolk and brown butter; risotto acquerello: 7-year-aged rice with mascarpone and chives; and mezzelune: crescenza fonduta filled pasta with toasted hazelnuts and brown butter.
777 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

2 Capannina

Courtesy Capannina
Capannina, a neighborhood fave in Marina/Cow Hollow and where the waiters speak Italian, features a seasonal truffles menu that is available until late January/early February. Begin with an antipasto of beef carpaccio with white (or black) truffles. Primi piatti selections include pappardelle served with a light cream sauce and shaved truffles and a risotto with a cheese fonduta and shaved truffles. For the secondo, the veal scaloppine can also be enjoyed with white truffles, which come from Alba in Italy's Piemonte region.
1809 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

3 La Toque

Courtesy La Toque
Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, at the Westin Verasa Napa, recently returned from Alba, Italy, where he was one of the celebrity chefs cooking at the 84th International White Truffle Fair. He's offering La Toque diners a special menu of white truffles for the season. Enjoy ravioli with autumn squash from the garden, shelling beans, chanterelles and kale; add fresh shaved white truffles to the dish for a $48 supplement. In January, Chef Frank will launching his 33rd Annual all-black truffle menu and play host chef for the Napa Truffle Festival at the property.
1314 McKinstry St, Napa, CA 94559

4 Quince

Courtesy Quince
At Quince, Chef Michael Tusk's 2-Michelin starred eatery in Jackson Square, you can enjoy a Chino farm egg gently cooked in brown butter, with shaved truffle, over a chicory and brassica salad. Tusk also offers purse-size ravioli topped with white truffles at his Relais & Châteaux dining hotspot.
470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

5 Perbacco Ristorante + bar

Craig Lee
Perbacco Ristorante + bar in the Financial District will be celebrating the arrival of white truffles starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 until supplies last. Chef Staffan Terje has selected a variety of dishes, simply prepared and served with three grams of white truffles shaved tableside. Menu highlights include: veal tartare scented with garlic and langhe hazelnuts served with house-made truffled lardo crostino; cauliflower sformatino with la tur fonduta; tajarin with prosciutto di San Daniele and a 63°c hen egg; roasted, stuffed rabbit with sunchoke puree and arneis jus; and raviolo filled with otto file polenta and farm fresh hen egg, corn and parmigiano crema (pictured here).
230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111
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