The Rare and Remarkable Black Truffle

truffle gnocchi (2)The culinary team at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has expertly crafted a dinner menu that adds unique and exciting flavours to traditional Italian cuisine by using fresh high-quality ingredients like Pingue prosciutto, east coast lobster, and the remarkable black truffle. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi is a highlight of the menu, served with roasted cauliflower, pecorino, and Upper Canada ricotta, allowing it to pair perfectly with Creekside Estate’s 2013 Syrah wine.

But what makes an ingredient like the black truffle so special? For one thing, they are rare and hard to come by with most black truffles being cultivated only in France, Italy, and Spain. Finding truffles isn’t an easy task either, with truffle harvesters having to rely on the help of dogs and pigs to sniff out and uncover them in the ground. And while black truffles are not quite as rare as their white truffle counterparts, they continue to be a highly sought-after delicacy known for refining the taste of other foods. Black truffles can be found in many dishes and forms, however some of the most popular ways to enjoy them is by adding them to sauces, making them into spreads like truffle honey, eating them raw, and shaving them on top of various pasta and salad dishes.

You can experience the exquisite taste of the black truffle for yourself in an amazing gnocchi dish at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and find out why the remarkable flavour of truffles or “tartufi” has long been an integral part of Italian cuisine.