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Splurge On Truffles At This Tucked Away Eataly Pop-Up This Month

By Anthony Todd in Food on Nov 11, 2015 4:21PM

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White truffles! Photo via shutterstock.

By Elizabeth Atkinson

Tucked away in the corner of Eataly up on the second floor in the Il Salone event space, you’ll find Il Tartufo (Italian for “the truffle”), a pop-up truffle restaurant running from Nov. 6 through Dec. 6. The pop-up is the result of a partnership between Eataly and Urbani Truffles to create a menu that makes truffles approachable and affordable. They're calling it the Truffle Trove.

The menu was created by Eataly’s executive chef, Rob Wing and chef Riccardo Orfino, who recently joined the Eataly USA culinary team from Italy, where he worked at LadyB├╣ in west Milan. They’ve created an extensive menu, including an a la carte dinner menu, bar menu, prix fixe brunch menu and a tasting menu for dinner in case you can’t make a decision.

On the bar menu, be sure to grab the focaccia con mortadella e mascarpone, which is exactly what it sounds like (bread with meat and cheese), but with truffles shaved on top. The a la carte dinner menu includes a variety of dishes, including tagliolini, a thin pasta with anchovy butter sauce ($11) and braised beef cheek with gold potatoes ($19). The menu also includes a fresh truffle supplement to add truffles to any dish ($28 for four grams).

If the bar, brunch or dinner menus don’t seem to be your style but you still want to get your hands on some truffles, Eataly will be hosting two in-store truffle days, Sunday Nov. 22 and Sunday Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days, where they’ll be selling white truffles at cost (a very unusual bargain) and special truffle dishes, or you can grab them online on Thursday, Nov. 19 or Thursday Dec. 17.