Tag Archives: white truffles

Burrata and white truffles

 Burrata with tomatoes, shaved parma ham and rocket

Just two things that my friend told me she had eaten at No Menu, and enough for me to want to go to there as quickly as physically possible. For what better things are there in the world than cheese and truffles ? OK there’s wine and chocolate as well, but this was soon after we got back from our Italian holiday and we were still on a roll.

So off to No Menu we went.

Tagliolini with freshly shaved truffles

And the two things we ordered (that are off-menu but the most ordered dishes in the restaurant) were: no surprises, burrata to start, then a parmesan risotto for me and home made pasta for D, both liberally covered in thinly shaved white truffles.

The family-run restaurant is full of Italian warmth and hospitality with Osvaldo Forlino walking around throughout the evening to chat with guests.

Dinner cost a bit more than we expected (just note if you go there, they charge you by the gram of truffles you order, but if you don’t tell them to stop, they’ll keep on shaving), but the whole experience, especially as the truffles release their pungent aroma as the slices hit the warm food, made it well worth it.

And while white truffles are still in season and with us going next week, it’s going to be hard to not order the same again.

No Menu
23 Boon Tat Street
Singapore 069621
Tel: +65 6224 0091

Open
Mon–Fri: 11.30am–2pm, 6.30pm–10pm
Sat: 6.30pm–10pm
(Closed on Sun)


Ristorante Pietro Valentini

Fried egg and asparagus with fresh black truffles

My last holiday post ! It has been so so so wonderful being able to extend the memory of the trip by reliving each of the amazing places where we were lucky enough to eat. And it’s been such a journey. I am hungry and full and happy and sad at the same time.

Our last stop in Italy was Rome – just for one night as that was where we were flying out from. It was intentional, we had half a day to visit our favourite monuments (the awesome Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain) and to eat at the restaurant that we chanced upon two years ago, Ristorant Pietro Valentini.

Our palate has grown increasingly hungry for truffles since we last visited, and I do recall then ordering only one dish with truffles, instead filling precious tummy space with fritto misto (lightly battered and deep fried seafood) and stuffed zucchini flowers.

Fresh tagliolini with white truffles

This time we ordered with laser focus (although we couldn’t resist some of their fresh homemade walnut bread). Fried eggs and asparagus to start – a slightly strange dish for dinner but who wants to stick to tradition when it comes liberally covered in shaved black truffles ? The asparagus spears were thick and green and cooked to perfection, the egg cooked through but with a runny yolk, and that’s all you get served with. What ? Oh, wait, here comes Simone, the daughter in-law of the owner and cook, with a tray of black truffles, selects one nonchalantly and grates it with a microplane over the dish. The warmth of the egg seems to enhance the smell of truffles even more.

Parmesan risotto with fresh white truffles

For mains we thought we’d stick to simple dishes – parmesan risotto and fresh tagliolini. Again, both served plain at the table, and then the lovely Simona arrives with a wooden box which she opens to reveal four beautiful white truffles. She then proceeds to thinly shave about two of these over our two dishes. And here we thought the black truffles smelled good. The aroma of the white truffles when they hit the warm rice and pasta filled the small restaurant to the point where all conversation in the place stopped, replaced with oohs and aahs of delight. Guess they were also there for the same thing and it was a taste/smell of things to come 🙂

I don’t really need to say much more than that other than we risked walking across the city amongst strikes and protests and riots (including riot police!) to get to Pietros. And boy was it worth it.

Ristorante Pietro Valentini
Via dei Pianellari
Rome, Italy
Tel: 066868565