‘Tis the season…for truffles. Prepare yourself for a tsunami of umami as chefs take everyday dishes to the most luxe level possible by incorporating an onslaught of fresh truffles. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or a birthday or, simply, the arrival of this delicious ingredient, these 12 restaurants for truffle season ensure that you’ll be living your best life. Not near any of these spots? We can help you find the right restaurant for a perfect meal on OpenTable.com.
Café ArtScience, Kendall Square, Massachusetts
Briny, earthy, and umami notes come together in this deeply satisfying dish. To start, tagliolini is tossed with oyster beurre noisette. The tangle of noodles gets capped with freshly shaved black truffles, golden orbs of trout roe, and grated cured egg yolk. Make a reservation at Café ArtScience.
Origo Club, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
In French, this dish is pâtes pappardelle à la truffe. That translates to housemade pappardelle tossed with truffle Mornay sauce, truffle zest, morels, and Comté cheese. Shaved black truffles are optional, but why wouldn’t you? Make a reservation at Origo Club.
RPM Italian, Washington, D.C.
Aged Parmesan risotto is already a baller dish. It’s taken to the next level with a storm of fresh truffles, which are shaved on tableside. Make it rain! Make a reservation at RPM Italian.
Planta, Miami Beach, Florida
Just because there’s no meat in this burger, doesn’t mean it isn’t ridiculously rich. The patty is crafted from rooftop garden produce and then capped with a truffled cashew mozzarella melt. As if that weren’t enough, shaved truffles are the finishing touch. Make a reservation at Planta.
Leuca, Brooklyn, New York
It’s a nice day for Connie’s Wedding. The primo pizza features mushrooms, Taleggio, and grated black truffles galore. So good, it’s almost as memorable as tying the knot. Make a reservation at Leuca.
Zero, Charleston, South Carolina
Do you know why they call it a Royale with cheese? Because this Wagyu beef patty comes topped off with mushrooms, onions, Kraft Singles fondue, and shaved truffles? Correct! Check out the big brain on Brett. Make a reservation at Zero.
Marcel’s, Washington, D.C.
Boudin blanc is one of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes. The svelte sausages are complemented by a luxuriant black truffle mushroom puree. Caramelized onions and bacon lardons complete the decadent dish. Make a reservation at Marcel’s.
Porter House, New York, New York
This is an umami bomb. Rich risotto gets pumped up with earthy maitake mushrooms, asparagus, and new peas. Black truffles – or whatever variety is in season – add the finishing flourish. Make a reservation at Porter House.
Sunda, Chicago, Illinois
You’ve never had a pizza quite like this. The petite round comes graced with tuna sashimi, truffled foie gras aioli, and freshly shaved black truffles. Bite into it for another surprise: the crust is actually roti. Make a reservation at Sunda.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Uptown Del, he’s been living in his uptown world. No kidding! The blue-ribbon baked potato that bears his name features shaved truffles and comes stuffed with melted Fontina cheese and chives. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse.
Macchialina, Miami Beach, Florida
There’s the Big Mac, and then there’s the Big Macch. A monster patty made with a blend of chuck, brisket, and sirloin is coronated with Fontina, sautéed porcini mushrooms, salsa Genovese, and oven-roasted shallots. It’s finished off with a gratuitous amount of grated summer truffles. Make a reservation at Macchialina.
Gianni’s at The Former Versace Mansion, Miami Beach, Florida
The restaurant’s namesake once said, “Glamour is back, but with a minimalist touch.” He very well could have been talking about this risotto enriched with truffle-infused Carnaroli rice, mushrooms, and black truffle Gouda. Shaved black truffles are the perfect accessories to this glamorously minimalist dish. Make a reservation at Gianni’s at The Former Versace Mansion.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.