It’s truffle season: here’s where to eat it in London
As with everything London’s ultra-luxe Italian restaurant Gloria does, its truffle offering is decadent, fun and a little over the top. The Mafaldine al Tartufo is a house special, with fresh pasta twists tossed with a moreish combination of mascarpone cream, button mushrooms and black Molise truffle. Buon appetito!
Harry’s Bar James Street
Famous in pasta-lover circles, we could write love songs about the truffle Tagliolini at Harry’s Bar. Hearty portions of truffle, parmesan and cream are stirred into the pasta, making for a deliciously cheesy bowl. So good, we’re petitioning for it to be added to the mains section of the menu as well as the anti-pasti.
Bob Bob Ricard
It will come as no surprise that glitzy Russian eatery Bob Bob Ricard in Soho has a handful of dishes served with truffle. The MVP of the funghi offering though is undoubtedly the truffle mash: a creamy, rich and velvety blend that makes for the perfect accompaniment to one of the restaurant’s famous pies.
If anyone knows about truffle, it’s Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett, whose command of Italian cuisine is world-renowned. This autumn, she’s going big on the star ingredient with a stunning dish of Carnaroli risotto with girolles and truffle – seasonal comfort food at its finest.
The Italians are veritable truffle aficionados, so it’s no wonder that sprawling food emporium Eataly is heralding truffle season in spectacular style. Peruse the market halls to pick up delights like organic white truffle butter or decadent Tartuflanghe cream (made with Parmigiano Reggiano PDO and truffles), or head to one of Eataly’s on-site restaurants to taste the delicacy prepared by a top chef. One of the current pizzas on offer at the aptly named Pasta e Pizza poses a particularly enticing prospect: the ‘speciali’ Funghi e Tartufo, laden with Fiordilatte mozzarella, sautéed mushrooms, seasonal truffle and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP.
It’s irrefutable that potatoes are, quite simply, delicious, but the humble spud also lends itself well to all sorts of opulent flavour pairings – chief among them, the coveted truffle. Head to Norma for a feast of sumptuous Sicilian-inspired fare, including a deceptively unassuming side dish of fried potatoes, generously laden with Pecorino and truffle. You won’t want to share.
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