The Ten: Winning White Truffles Dishes

Photo courtesy of Equinox

Photo courtesy of Equinox

So many choices, so little time. The Ten is your guide to the best of the best that D.C. has to offer.

Stop, it’s truffle time. For the next couple of months, the flavorful fungi are available in limited quantities to the highest bidder. Here are ten spots where you can indulge your love for the luxe ingredient.

There’s a new supreme sandwich in town (Sorry, Pepe!). Mike Isabella’s ridiculously indulgent truffled grilled cheese includes shaved white truffles, black truffle-laced Sottocenere al Tartufo cheese and black truffle honey. Better get there quick. It’s only available until November 10.

Chef Fabio Trabocchi celebrates the season with a pair of white truffle-accented dishes. Both his Tajarin (like tagliatelle, but thinner) and his Parmesan heavy Risotto arrive with liberal amounts shaved on top.

Egg Yolk Fettuccine is flattered with a shower of razor-thin white truffle slices. Chanterelles and Brussels sprouts petals are also in attendance, though you may over look them since you’ll be in the middle of a truffle feeding frenzy. 

Can you really go wrong with a special dinner menu entitled “A Taste of White Truffle?” The answer is no. Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo offers up handmade Tagliatelle with truffle butter sauce and Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan, hazelnuts and –  you guessed – white truffles.

Executive Chef Massimo Fabbri is currently offering two über truffled specials. Both the White Truffle Taglierini and the Risotto ai Tartufi Bianchi feature a decadent triple threat: truffle butter, truffle oil and shaved white truffles.

You have the option to buck up the buckwheat soba noodles. They already come topped with a slow-cooked egg and are slicked with rich Albuefera sauce, but you can supplement the dish with shaved white truffles.

JW Marriot
You’re going to want to book a suite here, just so you can order room service. Executive Chef Mark Quitney offers guests the option to dine in on decadent Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese enriched with plenty of white truffle oil.

We would have fallen hard for Brussels sprouts when we were kids if they had been anything like Bruksel Lahana. The verdant globes are fried, then dressed up with white truffle crème fraiche and smoky urfa pepper.

The Capital Grille
Three words: Parmesan truffle fries. No further explanation required.


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