The words, “delicious" and "funky,” do not sound like two positive adjectives to go together when describing food, but when talking about truffles, delicious and funky is a foolproof way to characterize them. Truffles are a phenomenon in the hospitality industry as restaurants utilize the appetizing ingredient to create crave-worthy dishes. Surrounding the upcoming black truffle season, Chef Fabio Viviani makes use of it at Siena Tavern (51 West Kinzie Street) with his Truffle Burger ($35), exclusively available on the late-night menu, but can also be ordered any time at the restaurant if verbally requested.
The Truffle Burger is served on a brioche bun and made with a blend of an eight-ounce patty of brisket and short rib meat, chanterelle mushrooms, truffle butter, garlic truffle aioli, and truffle pecorino. For someone who craves more truffle flavor will not be disappointed as the burger is served with a load of parmesan truffle fries and black truffles are shaved on top. Chef Viviani's Italian restaurant brings the Truffle Burger to the table served on a silver platter placed under a cloche to lock in the full truffle smell and flavor of the sandwich; a preview to what someone is about to experience.