City’s top eateries are freaking out over a white-truffle shortage

Jan 13, 2017 447

By Isabel Vincent

There's not enough fungus among us. A hot Italian summer has devastated the white-truffle crop, and now high-end Manhattan restaurants are in a panic over a shortage of the delicacy. "We're totally out of white truffles," said Edwin Fernandez, the maitre d' at Ristorante Armani. The posh eatery above the Armani store on Fifth Avenue serves truffles on pasta and risotto dishes, but ran out recently.

"This year has been difficult," Fernandez told The Post. "Everyone wants white truffles, and they are simply unavailable." Many restaurants that traditionally served the truffles during the holiday season had to resort to their much-cheaper cousin, the black truffle, which are in plentiful supply. Vittorio Giordano, director of US sales for the Manhattan-based importer Urbani Truffles, said he has had to "short" a lot of his customers this year.

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