Calling All Truffle Fans: These Dishes Will Have You Swooning

By Kirsten Magas | February 17, 2020 | Food & Drink


Scarpetta's Seared Scallops

A mix of European red soil, rainy summers and a short harvesting window make truffles a rarity—sometimes valued at as much as $3,600 per pound. But, while truffles flourish in French and Italian countrysides, you won’t have to travel too far for the dish. Here are a few of our favorites from some of Philadelphia’s most popular kitchens.

1. Scarpetta

Score a range of truffle choices at Scarpetta. If seafood is your move, order diver scallop crudo with a kick of aleppo pepper and decadent black truffles, or look to the seared scallops perched atop a spinach truffle puree. For extra earthy-savory goodness, add fresh-shaved white alba to any dish of your choosing. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215.558.4199,

2. Barclay Prime

It’s no secret that cheesesteaks are a Philadelphia favorite—and Barclay Prime serves the fanciest one around, paired with a half bottle of Champagne. Think juicy wagyu ribeye topped with foie gras, onions and—you guessed it—truffled cheese whiz, all served on a crusty sesame roll. 237 S. 18th St., 215.732.7560,

3. Amada

Albondigas have been a hit on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2005. Whose mouth wouldn’t water over lamb meatballs, shaved manchego and truffle curls? The cuisine is full of spicy, cheesy flavors that chef Jose Garces paired to transport you across the globe to a traditional Spanish kitchen. 217 Chestnut St., 215.398.6968,

4. Vetri Cucina

Lit by an elegant chandelier and decorated with imported glass, the quaint dining room in Vetri Cucina is where you will meet the flavors of the creamy almond tortellini with white truffle sauce to highlight the nutty notes in the dish. Be welcomed like you’re a part of the Italian family into the cozy townhouse award-winning chef Marc Vetri opened in 1998. 1312 Spruce St., 215.732.3478,

5. Jean-Georges Philadelphia

Head to the 59th floor of Four Seasons Philadelphia for a 360-degree view of the city and a tender caraflex cabbage dish. Think celeriac dashi glaze and white truffle—and pair it with a glass of brut Champagne. Need even more truffles in your life? Add a few shavings to any dish on the menu. 1 N. 19th St., 215.419.5000,