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This Just In: Chanterelle Bounty

First there was that day of rain, then there was a new chill to the night air, and now Chanterelles! You know what this means: autumn is here. The Autumnal Equinox was this past weekend and we expect the menu….

2012 Truffle Dinners – FULL MENU

The 2012 Oliveto Truffle Dinners Menu…

This Just In: 2012 Truffle Haul

The kitchen is getting its first look at this year’s truffle haul. These 1.57 kg beauties are from Umberia and should take us through the first night of Oliveto’s Truffle Dinners, starting next week.

As reported earlier this year’s white truffles are scarce…

This Just In: Brasato of Tripe with Lobster Mushrooms

Every few months we receive a beseeching phone call, or email, or handwritten note tucked into a check presenter, from an individual asking us to notify them when tripe is on the menu. Often times, the notes are written in all-caps and “please” is underlined three or four times. They will include a phone number, or an email address, or a physical mailing address, or sometimes…

2011 Truffle Report #3

We arrived at Giorgio’s on Saturday and got our first look at what he’s recently been digging up: some beautiful specimens with nice fragrance and good weight. No ginormous ones like last year, but many in the 25 gram to 60 gram range. As always with Giorgio it’s a family affair and his niece, Caterina, was on hand to help with truffle scrubbing. Tomorrow we head to…

2011 Truffle Report #2

Aldo Vacca from Produttori del Barbaresco was taught that proper truffle shaving meant completely covering the dish. Here he demonstrates. This was a block-buster truffle. We ‘re at Trattoria Antica Torre in Barbaresco, famous for their hand-cut tajarin, that is made with only flour and egg yolks….

First Truffle Report for 2011

Oliveto co-owner Bob Klein and General Manager Shane Walker depart in less than a week for Italy in pursuit of truffles for our upcoming dinners. We’ve already heard some preliminary reports about the start of the season from a few of our contacts. Bad news first: Our friend Aldo Vacca in the Piedmont says…

First Fall Mushrooms

It’s hard to imagine mushrooms after this past weekend’s hot spell, but apparently the rainfall from a few weeks ago started things growing. Over the weekend we received some stellar Chanterelles from the Humboldt and just this morning some exceptional Porcini from Mendocino….

Truffle Dinners 2011

Wednesday, November 16th through Saturday, November 19th SEE THE FULL MENU call 510-547-5356 or reserve online We first got the idea of going to Italy to obtain the truffles for our truffle dinners sixteen years ago, after a shipment of specially selected truffles with Oliveto’s name and address on it got lost in Heathrow Airport. [...]