Opened since 1852, Urbani Truffles is a 6 generation family business that can argue to be the largest purveyor of truffles in the world, with approximately 18,000 truffle hunters, sourcing this delicious fungus mainly in Italy, France, Spain and Australia. Urbani Truffles is not unknown to me as I use some of their products when cooking and I was excited when invited to their truffle lab for a happy hour of truffle burgers and beer, where I saw my friend Malini, The Restaurant Fairy, and her husband Yozo.
The truffle burger is the result of the collaboration between Urbani Truffles and Pat LaFrieda, one if not the most known meat purveyor in the country. Their patty is made with chuck, brisket and short ribs, and contains real pieces of black Winter truffle.
Yes, there, you do not get truffle flavor, often artificial, or few drops of truffle oil, but real black truffle and the result is phenomenal! The burgers were prepared by the chefs from City Cooking West End, who propose cooking classes at the Truffle Lab of Urbani, a perfect setting for food lovers, as well as in other places.
We also tried their truffle burrata that was so good, creamy with a nice hint of truffle.
Truffle fries that I tried with a truffle mustard, but also truffle ketchup, a delicious elegant version of a classic sauce. I should mention their truffle chili sauce that was superb, not spicy, that I tried on a burger.
The event was sponsored by La Birra di Meni, an Italian beer from Cavasso Nuovo. I tried their Siriviela, a light blond beer that had a nice color and delicious taste. Know that their beers are made with all natural ingredients and are unfiltered.
This was a great event: the food was delicious. There, I learned that in terms of quality, the winter truffle is better than the summer one, and that the white truffle, rarer than the black truffle and so more expensive, has a more fragrant taste. Before, you needed to go to high end restaurants to get truffle, but, in the past few years, more and more are offering dishes with truffles, that name being a good justification to markup their prices. Fortunately, there are companies like Urbani Truffles and Pat LaFrieda who promote prime ingredients. I hope lots of restaurants will serve that sublime truffle burger and, if you are looking for Urbani Truffles products, you can find them in fine grocery stores, Eataly or even FreshDirect (the last two being where I buy mine). Much easier is to go to their website...
Enjoy (I did)!
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