White Truffle Day at Eataly
Love Truffles? If so, then be sure to visit Eataly, one of the largest high quality food halls in the world, on Sunday, November 21, when the food hall celebrates "White Truffle Day".
Eataly is throwing a storewide celebration as part of their month-long celebration of the Italian region of Piedmont (a region well known for its truffles).
White truffles are in season from October through the end of December, and at their absolute peak flavor-wise in November. They are found almost exclusively in the mountains and foothills of Northern Italy. Italian White Piedmont Truffles are among the most expensive and prized of all the truffles varieties (see "What are Truffles" and "Knowing Your Truffles: A Guide to Colors, Regions and Flavors"). A member of the fungi family, truffles are typically extremely expensive because of their scarcity.
For the entire day, all white truffles will be sold at cost both for retail purchase and in dishes served at the restaurants throughout Eataly. Although the price of truffles vary day to day, Eataly will be charging approximately $5/gram for white truffles sold at retail in the marketplace. In addition, customers will be able to order white truffles shaved onto dishes at each of the restaurants for a $25-$30 supplement, which is a great value.
Some of the dishes that will be featured include:
- Carne cruda e tartufo (served in the central Piazza)
- Acciughe bagna cauda, uova e tartufo (served in the Pesce restaurant)
- Tajarin con tartufo (La Pizza and Pasta section)
- Risotto al parmigiano e tartufo (served in the Eccellenze corner of the Piazza)
- Fonduta e tartufo (served in the Verdure restaurant)
Eataly's team of vegetable butchers will also be on hand to answer questions about truffles. They will also give demonstrations on how to clean, shave and serve truffles. In addition, there will also be a Truffle Auction, accepting bidders at the Eccelenze Corner of the Piazza.
Eataly is located at 200 5th Avenue at West 23rd Street. See Eataly's website for its hours of operation.