The white truffle shortage may have been the worst food scare of the season for New Yorkers but despite the rising costs of truffle, restaurants and chefs have been honoring #truffleszn since the beginning of October. In case you are unfamiliar, white truffle season is from August to January. Since the truffles have to cultivate before they are ‘hunted’, truffles usually start popping up in the States around the end of September.
To celebrate the end of the season, I have tried truffle specials around the city from restaurants that are paying homage to this decedent delicacy - I will be sharing them all next week. But I didn't want you to miss out on truffle week at Chef Frank Prinzano’s restaurants, so I’m giving you these deets a week early!
Today I went to Frank Restaurant - which is a sister restaurant of Lil’ Frankies, Supper and Sauce – and Chef Frank Prinzano (also known as the #TruffleChoreographer) may as well also be considered as the truffle G-D of New York City. He went to Alba, Italy himself to pick all the best white truffles and brings the truffles to his customers at an affordable price. And like that, #TruffleWeek is upon us!
What does truffle week mean? The answer: add truffle to any dish on the menu at Frank Restaurant, Lil’ Frankies, Supper and Sauce until all the truffles run out. When I found this out, I went to Frank right away.
After much debate, I ordered the special pumpkin ravioli in brown butter sage sauce, with truffles on top, of course. The waiter shaves the truffles on tableside (see video), which gave me a lot of excitement. Diners can choose 1 gram for $25, 2 grams for $45, 3 grams for $65 and 6 grams for $120. The pumpkin ravioli was cooked al dente and had a smooth pumpkin filling inside. This was truly a delicious seasonal dish that offered everything one would want in comforting ravioli.
If I had gone for brunch, two fried eggs with truffle on top would have been my choice. I may have to hit up the other locations before the truffles run out. Chef Frank foresees that the truffles will last until November 20th. Next Taster Tuesday’s I will be revealing even more truffle madness, so stay tuned!