Altura is serious about its truffles. When chef/owner Nathan Lockwood learned last Saturday morning that the Sea Tac-based Mikuni Wild Harvest had access to the largest white truffle to land in the U.S. this year—and possibly the largest foraged in Italy this year—he jumped to secure it, despite the $5,000 price tag. The truffle is a whopping 1.25 pounds (an average one is about an ounce, says Mikuni's Tyler Gray) and was foraged in the hills outside Alba, Italy, in the Piedmont region. It is also unusually round and uniform in shape for being so large, according to Gray.
"Although we have featured Alba truffles every year that we have been open, this will be the largest truffle we have ever served—or seen!" says Rebecca Lockwood, Altura co-owner and business manager. Nathan will feature it in a truffle tasting menu that, according to Rebecca, it is designed to "honor the traditional Piedmont approach to white truffles, while also celebrating the Northwest ingredients Nathan loves." The menu launches tonight for $237 per person, and runs as long as supplies last. A Northern Italian wine pairing is also available for an additional $123. Check out the menu here:
Altura is a distinguished member of the Eater 38. Its hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 5:00 to 10:00 pm, Friday and Saturday. Reservations are not required for the truffle tasting menu (or the regular menu), but available on Open Table if you wish.