ELV hasn’t wanted to taste something so badly since Brenda Myrick showed him her left breast in the 10th grade.
Come to think of it, the size is about the same.
Unlike our high school neighbor, this beauty comes from Alba, Italy, and cost Caesars Palace $1,600 — which is something of a bargain, considering a few years ago, a similar one (weighing a solid pound) would’ve fetched around $4,000 — according to Caesars Executive Chefs Todd Williams and Charles Wilson.
Williams also remarked to us what pristine condition this one is in — showing hardly any unsightly bumps or deep cracks. Even before being cut or shaved, its aroma was intense and could be detected from several feet away..
The chefs who get to play with it the most are Restaurant Guy Savoy Executive Chef Hugo Coudurier and Chef de Cuisine Mathieu Chartron — two uber-food dudes who groove on tubers. They plan on making it the centerpiece of Savoy’s special, white truffle tasting menu, available by reservation only for the next few weeks…or until the tuber magnatum run out.
Yes, it’s white truffle season food fans, and one of the greatest things about living in Las Vegas, amongst all these fabolous restaurants and world class chefs like Messrs. Coudurier and Chartron (not to mention Luciano Pellegrini, Paul Bartolotta, Alex Stratta, Pascal Sanchez, Steve Benjamin, et al) is that our humble burg gets the pick of the litter of these precious fungi every November. Meaning: the quantity and quality of white truffles in our best restaurants matches that of anywhere on earth — save for maybe northern Italy, Paris, and New York.
So, if you’ve got the coin, and can appreciate the earthy, musky pungency of these fungi in all their glory, book a table now at Guy Savoy, Valentino, Le Cirque/Circo, Bartolotta, ALEX, Twist, or Robuchon and let the shower of sexy ‘shrooms begin!
The six course, all white truffle tasting menu at Guy Savoy runs $390, but for a third of that, you can enjoy some Bites and Bubbles in the GS lounge, where a few small plates of the usual, ethereal Savoy food, will be garnished with white truffle shavings, and you can get a good taste of what all the shoutin’s about!
They taste so good, they almost make us forget our adolescent obsessions.
RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY
In Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109