Truffles are subterranean, edible ascomycetous fungi. They’re found anywhere from two to fifteen inches underground, usually in a circular formation four to five feet from the base of an oak or hazelnut tree.
The landlocked region of Umrbia is famed for its black truffles. Truffle hunters roam the frosty hills with their dogs to sniff out the pungent tubers. (Until relatively recently, hunters used pigs. But pigs, unlike dogs, would eat the truffles. That practice has since been abandoned.)
Babbo is celebrating Umbrian truffle season with two lunchtime truffle tasting menus: one vegetarian, one with duck. Both promise a healthy dose of the prized tuber that should keep you in good health until next fall.
Call the restaurant for reservations 212.777.0303.
BLACK TRUFFLE AND DUCK TASTING MENU
Duck Egg Sunny-Side Up with Guanciale, Fett’unta and Black Truffles
Duck Tortelli with Brown Butter, Sage and Black Truffles
Duck Breast with Butternut Squash Caponata and Black Truffles
VEGETARIAN BLACK TRUFFLE TASTING MENU
“Neci con Funghi Misti” with Black Truffles
Goat Cheese Tortelloni with Wild Fennel Pollen and Black Truffles
Duck Egg Sunny-Side Up with Fett’unta and Black Truffles