If you can’t make it to one of the great (and mostly sold-out) meals that are part of this year’s Napa Truffle Festival, never fear. You can still satisfy your yearning for the indescribably aromatic delicacy at restaurants around town. Chefs at Angèle, Ca’Momi Osteria, Cole’s Chop House, Kitchen Door, Oenotri, Oxbow Cheese & Wine, La Toque and TORC are all offering truffle specials during the Festival weekend.
So don’t sit home and feel sorry for yourself if you didn’t score a seat at one of the Festival Winery Truffle Lunches or the Truffles & Wine Dinner. Instead, head to downtown Napa and treat yourself to Angèle’s truffled devil’s eggs. Or stop by Oxbow Cheese & Wine, which will be offering a special cheese & cracker board featuring three different truffle cheeses. Or visit Ca’ Momi for upscale pizza tartufo, along with ricotta gnocchi, beef tartare, and a number of other tasty offerings.
Cole’s Chop House’s filet mignon will be doubly delicious this weekend with toppings of both foie gras and black truffle. Kitchen Door’s already famous mushroom soup will be even more spectacular with a shower of freshly grated truffle on top. And for pasta lovers, Oenotri, Kitchen Door, Ca’Momi and Angèle will be offering tagliatelle, pappardelle or other pasta al tartufo. TORC will have extensive offerings from vegetable pot-au-feu to artichoke
risotto, to “surf and turf” with lobster and foie gras — all featuring black truffles, of course. And be sure to top off your meal with their extraordinary dessert of black truffle French toast with black pepper ice cream.
This weekend, Napa will be the truffle capital of the country. Don’t miss out! For full menus, and links to the participating restaurants, visit Where to Eat at napatrufflefestival.com.
And if you’re still in the mood for truffles after the Festival ends (and who wouldn’t be?), don’t forget that Festival host restaurant La Toque will continue its All Black Truffle menu through February, or until supplies run out.