Giant, $5,000 Italian white truffle hits Capitol Hill restaurant

Nov 02, 2015 388

By Jessica Yadegaran

Precious Italian white truffles have a very short season--October to December--and when they are sent to America they usually end up at restaurants in New York, Chicago or San Francisco. But, this time, a rare, round, giant white truffle--the largest to be found in Italy so far this season--has been purchased by Altura, the Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill.

Co-owners Rebecca and Nathan Lockwood purchased the truffle for $5,000. Wild products like this one can never be cultivated. Rather, it was plucked by a forager and his dog in the hills of Alba in northern Italy early Sunday morning and arrived at Altura yesterday. It will appear on a special white truffle menu for the next week to 10 days. 

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