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This Just In: Truffles!


Berkeleyside talks truffles

Amidst the flurry of truffles Oliveto co-Owner, Bob Klein, had time for a quick chat with our friends over at Berkeleyside.

Why the passion for truffles?
I don’t know if it is a passion really, it is just something that I could do and got good at. I’ve come to know a great deal about truffles, and have probably bought (and cleaned) a couple of hundred pounds of…

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…

Wine in Time just in Time for Truffles

Aldo Vacca of Produttori del Barbaresco gives us his vintage picks for this year’s truffle dinners: The Oliveto WIT program officially launched in 2007 with the intention of finding a way to serve great, age-worthy wine at somewhat affordable prices. Serving Barbaresco or Barolo with only five or six years of age doesn’t do wines [...]

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…

Truffle Report #4 – Time To Get Serious

I arrived in Chianti last night. They have just had some significant rain (harder for the dogs to find the truffle) and it is cold (that’s good). The rain is supposed to have passed by tomorrow, so we are hopeful the ground will dry enough to begin harvesting…

Truffle Report #3 – Truffle Pizza with Giorgio

In this year’s World Pizza Championships held annually in Salsomaggiore, our tuscan truffle hunter Giorgio Secchini and daughter Denise wowed the judges with their truffle pizza: Pear Marzolo tartufi with pecorino de Pienza, and…

Truffle Report #2: Pass the Ginkgo Biloba

Making a slight detour to Puglia for some sun, I drove into Cisternino for their Market Day. I’ve been to Cisternino a dozen time, but it is a maze of little streets. And when it was time to leave, I couldn’t find my car. Really. Seriously.
I tried backtracking, then…