Preliminary New Year’s Eve Menu


Truffles, citrus, foie gras, lobster, venison… Chef Jonah’s menu is classic and luxurious. We’re looking forward to relaxing and celebrating with you!

Tartufato: brioche with black truffle butter

Salad of Fuerte avocado and winter citrus with steelhead caviar and Mendocino kombu
Vellutata of lobster with vanilla-orange crema
Torchon of Hudson Valley foie gras with quince, spiced gougère, and saba

Acquerello Carnaroli risotto with nettles and Perigord truffle
Linguini with smoked trout, lemon, and tarragon

Pan-roasted sturgeon with wild mushrooms, celeriac, and brown butter-roast poultry sugo
Pan-roasted Liberty duck two ways:  breast and dried cherry sausage with parsnip gratinata and Swiss chard
Pancetta-wrapped wild venison loin with spiced Kabocha squash, bulgur wheat, and juniper sugo

Baked Alaska with vanilla cake, orange ice cream, and toasted meringue
Chocolate Pot de Creme in pizzelle nest with caramel hazelnut crunch

First seating: 95 for four-course menu
Second seating: 130 for five-course menu (includes sturgeon)
Prices do not include beverages or tax. An 18% pre-tax Service Charge will be added. 


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Black Truffles Are On


We’ve buttoned up our winter coats and slipped on our wool socks, and winter ingredients blanket our menu with coziness and riches:
  • Black truffles are on, gracing our Yukon Gold gnocchi with fonduta Val D’Aosta
  • The rains have brought us chanterelles, which we are offering in an utterly lovely agnolotti dal plin with Chanterelle mushroom crema and white truffle butter
We are still prepping a lavish New Year’s Eve menu and looking forward to Christmas goose! Now is a great time to secure your reservation.
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Crab, Goose, and Other Happenings


Ribollita da Delfina of Gigande beans and winter vegetables with a poached farm egg and olio nuovo

Chilly the weather may be, but there’s much here to warm you here at Oliveto:

  • Crab is happening! Through the weekend, we’re relishing our first Dungeness crab in two years with a crab salad made with Mendocino kombu, compressed baby fennel, celeriac, and persimmon vinaigrette.
  • Ribollita, is back on the menu. This is pure, refined comfort. It’s like a bread pudding, made with creamy Gigande beans, a poached farm egg, and our favorite olio nuovo from Chalk Hill. Our soul is in this one.
  • To our glee, Chef Jonah is planning a holiday goose! Now would be a great time to reserve for a cheerful and beautiful Christmas Eve.

Stay warm and dry and come for a feast!

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Aged Wines, Truffle Prices, and Truffles for Home


Truffles Prices Are In

We hate it when we’re shaving $12/gram truffles at our dinners. We’ve long rejected the common $14 to $20/gram approach. It’s not as fun.

But because these dinners are something of an institution, and diners come in ready to have at them, we sell a lot of truffles. And, we can bring the price down.

We’re happy to share the good news: truffles will be a somewhat modest $8 per gram for our Truffle Dinners. You can also purchase them to take home — email us ( if you are interested!

Pre-Order Aged Wine for Truffle Dinners

We were really blown away by these very well aged wines from our recent Bruno Giacosa dinner. These aged Barolos and Barbarescos are the very best wines to drink with white truffles, as they come from the same region of northern Italy. Delicious, profound, and utterly stunning,  the following are currently available from our collection:

Barbaresco, Santo Stefano, Giacosa 1979 — 425.
Barbaresco, Asili, Riserva Giacosa,  2000 — 650.
Barbaresco, Bricco Asili, Ceretto, 1985 — 270.
Barbaresco, Podere del Pajore, Giovanni Moresco, 1979 — 295.
Barbaresco, Montefico, Riserva Produttori, 1978 — 240.
Barbaresco, Asili, Riserva Produttori del Barbaresco, 1982 — 330.
Barolo, Villero, Giuseppe Mascarello, 1978 — 320.
Barolo, Ceretto Brunate, 1978 — 425.

**These must be purchased in advance, so we can prepare them and let them breathe for 6-8 hours before your dinner. In order to arrange for one of these spectacular wines, please email **


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The Menu for Next Week’s Truffle Dinners


Tajarin al burro.

We’re eagerly awaiting next Tuesday, when Truffle Dinners begin, the alluring scent of truffles floats through the air, and throughout the room little swoons can be heard from rapturous diners, as Chef Jonah’s menu for this dinner is always heavenly. It will be a delicious comfort after this week’s sad news.

Truffle prices are soon to come, which we think will be moderate — we’ll keep you posted!

Dinners for Truffles & Autumn Mushrooms
November 15-19, 2016


Antipasti and salads

Carne cruda of Magruder beef ricotta salata and shaved, truffled egg yolk
Salad of shaved Brussels sprouts, bagna cauda, Parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs
Salad of roast autumn vegetables with Delicata squash and pistachios
Crudo of bay scallops with Hachiya persimmon, crispy lardo, and Moroccan olives
Garden lettuces vinaigrette

Crostino of fonduta Val d’Aostana
Sformatino of Porcini mushrooms and Parmesan cheese
Salad of warm lamb’s tongue, crispy sweetbreads, and Marble potatoes with black
truffle vinaigrette
Soup: vellutata of cauliflower and celeriac with brown butter and hazelnut pesto

Tajarin al burro
Duck egg raviolo with brown butter, fried sage, and Parmesan cheese
Agnolotti dal plin of rabbit and Fontina Val d’Aosta
Tortelli di zucca with Amaretto butter and spiced pumpkin seeds
Acquerello Carnaroli risotto with Castelmagno cheese and roast poultry sugo
Ravioli of parsley root and bone marrow with cured truffled egg yolk
Whole grain Desert King Durum trompetti with wild mushroom ragù

Butter-poached Maine lobster with roast Kabocha squash, Swiss chard, and brandy
Cauliflower two ways: budino and “couscous” with Pecorino cheese fonduta and a
poached farm egg
Charcoal-grilled, dry-aged Magruder ribeye with wild mushrooms, roast garlic crema,
and sugo
Charcoal-grilled Paine Farm pigeon with Yukon Gold potato purée, Walla Walla onion
agrodolce, and walnut salsa
Charcoal-grilled chicken boudin blanc with Savoy cabbage, barley, and poultry sugo
Spit-roasted pork loin involtino of hazelnuts, sage, and nettles with Floriani red flint corn
polenta, Nantes carrots, and green peppercorn sugo

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Live Nova Scotia Bay Scallops


It’s the season for bay scallops, tiny and sweet, and they are gorgeous in a crudo.

On the menu:

Crudo of Nova Scotia bay scallops with sunchokes, saffron, pomegranate, and mint

This will be available for only a short while. Take a break from your busy week for a short, sweet burst of joy.

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Preparing for Truffle Dinners


Truffle Dinners
November 15-19

Right now, duck egg yolks are slowly drying under very low heat in our kitchen, so that when our white truffles come from Italy, they can be stored with them, to  capture and absorb their intoxicating smell. Chef Jonah plans to grate these golden, truffle-imbued yolks on top of dishes during our Annual Truffle Dinners for extra truffle flavor.

The menu for our dinner comes out next week, and due to positive reports from Italy, we expect truffle prices will be moderate.

Now is the time to reserve your spot, while popular times are still available!

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The Trouble with Truffle Travel


When the restaurant began, San Francisco was really getting crapola truffles. They were flown to New York, picked over, and then sent here. So it wasn’t hard to come up with the idea of bringing them in ourselves — the truffles were really that poor.

So every year I went to Italy, in part to supply our Truffle Dinners. We ended up with really good relationships and superior truffles with very good prices — which we continue to enjoy, despite the fact that last year and this year, I’ve been unable to go, due to my responsibilities with Community Grains. It’s truly been heart wrenching because it’s something I love. I love seeing my friends. I love the adventure. I’ve been doing it for years so I’ve formed my own intimate relationship with Italy.

But amongst all the things I love and am missing, there are things that I’m not going to miss. I don’t miss getting into spats with Italian customs inspectors; I don’t miss having to get off the plane after spying my truffles abandoned on the tarmac (having been ordered off by the pilot, who feared, due to their smell, that my baggage contained illicit substances); I don’t miss worrying that I won’t be able to get back in time for Truffle Dinners.

Getting on a plane from Italy with my pricy quarry was something I learned to meet with trepidation. But still, there is nothing like going on a truffle hunt with very good friends, prying golden truffles from deep within the earth. And when Truffle Dinners roll around, and the aroma of truffles — as good as ever — rise from my plate, so will my memories of all the things I love about Italy.

We look forward to seeing you for Truffle Dinners!

Annual Truffle Dinners
November 15-19, 2016

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Food for Cooler Days | Truffles Cometh



A bounty of truffles.

Our Annual Truffle Dinners dates are set – reserve for November 15th through the 19th! Here’s our early report for Italy’s truffle regions: Very warm summer, with good rains in September.  It’s the rains in September we like to see – we should be fine for truffles this year.

Food for Cooler Days

Summer’s in its final innings – we’ll see tomatoes and fennel flowers dwindle away when the rains come. The kitchen’s transitioning into cool weather food. Right now, our best pre-hibernation dishes are:

  • Tortelloni of house-made ricotta and Fontina cheeses with brown butter, Delicata squash, hazelnuts, and sage
  • Charcoal-grilled dry-aged Magruder sirloin with gremolata rustica, longcooked onions, roast mushrooms, and old aceto balsamico
  • Warm apple tarte Tatin with cinnamon ice cream, whipped crème fraîche, and candied walnut
  • In our cafe downstairs, Community Grains red flint Floriani polenta is back.
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All This Beauty: Hamachi and King Salmon




Hamachi crudo. 

There are lots of gorgeous things on the menu, and these two dishes are particularly stunning. For the next few days, we’ll be having:

  • Crudo of Japanese hamachi, with hazelnut milk, lightly fermented cucumber, pickled green apple, harissa verde, and fennel flowers
  • Pan-roasted king salmon with fall vegetables. Last Sunday, it was accompanied by fennel purée, broccoli di ciccio, fregola di Sardo, and preserved lemon-fennel pollen salsa verde

These will be available for the next two nights or so, until they run out — we’re at the tail end of Alaskan king salmon season just now.

Stop on by! We’d love to see you.


King Salmon. Photo by Joan Benney


October 4th, 2016|Coming up..., Events, Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments