The Italian white truffle has arrived in South Florida, and chefs are dreaming up ingenious ways to incorporate these expensive — upwards of $1,000 per pound — imports into their menus.
With a taste some people describe as funky and others as a cross between mushrooms and garlic, white truffles can be found at the following restaurants.
Casa D’Angelo (1201 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-1234; 171 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-996-1234; Casa-d-Angelo.com) has several truffle specials, including beef carpaccio ($44), house-made fettuccine ($44/$76), risotto al Reggiano ($46/$78) and veal chop with wild mushrooms ($98).
The Dutch (W South Beach Hotel and Residences, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111, TheDutchMiami.com). “Trufflepalooza!” is what chef and owner Andre Carmellini is calling his $75, three-course white-truffle dinner on Nov. 20. No word yet on the exact menu, which will be available throughout the evening.
Scarpetta (Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., 305-674-4660, Fontainebleau.com/Scarpetta) presents the most over-the-top truffle dinner every night through December for $225 per person. The six-course tasting menu includes cold smoked-lobster tartare, polenta-truffled-mushroom fricassee and pan-roasted scallops.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana (1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4833, QuattroMiami.com).Six special truffled dishes are on the menu, including tartare of filet mignon ($45), fontina cheese fondue with poached egg yolk and toasted croutons ($45) and sliced beef tenderloin with sauteed porcini mushrooms ($105). Additional truffle shavings cost $25 per gram.