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This Beloved Ponsonby Eatery Has Its Own Entire Truffle Menu

By Shannel Milne
elmos  truffle croque monsieur

Everyday we’re trufflin’ and we couldn’t be happier.

There’s always a silver lining in every situation; the cold climate of winter brings a harvest like none other. The triumphant return of truffle season has arrived and we are beyond excited to dive into the signature flavours of our favourite fungus.

The deep earthy notes have an undertone of oak and nuts that perfectly complement every dish they grace. Truffle has endless potential and we love seeing how versatile it is.

While most bars and restaurants in Auckland will have one dish to celebrate the decadence of truffles, Elmo’s has a whole new menu dedicated to truffle season. For a limited time only, you can indulge in the finer things in life. If you managed to visit Elmo’s for last year's truffle season, you’ll understand the craze. 

Elmo’s is a family-built; authentic Italian eatery located in the heart of Ponsonby. They specialise in handcrafted gourmet wood-fire pizzas and traditional pasta dishes. The menu combines old Italian classics with a modern twist, taking inspiration from Italy and Europe.

Their fresh truffle menu showcases the fragrant Périgord Black Truffle from the New Zealand Winter Truffle Company. What the menu lacks in size it more than makes up for in taste. It’s a truffle lovers dream. There are four outstanding options listed on the menu, ranging from pasta to sandwiches and pizza.

Start your exploration with the truffle burrata, the unusual cheese has a solid exterior with a soft texture on the inside. Served with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh black truffle.

The mesmerising truffle burrata.

The truffle croque monsieur is a delicious toasted sandwich taking inspiration from its French origins. The soft brioche bun sets the stage for prosciutto soaked in a truffle béchamel sauce that oozes out of the bun and then there’s even more fresh truffle. This new addition to the seasonal menu has raised our truffle expectations to an unbeatable level.

Elmo’s legendary discovery of truffle is making its long-awaited return! This dish knocked it out of the park last year. Imagine a thin and crispy based pizza, perfectly charred and smokey. With a layer of sauce, then cheese and more cheese, four types to be exact; mozzarella, taleggio, gruyere and gorgonzola. The different components of the cheese already make a statement on its own, then there’s the fresh black truffle shaved across the top. This adds an earthy essence to the pizza and enhances the experience. Each mouth-watering bite exploding with flavour.

Elmo's truffle 4-cheese pizza returns.

For an even more indulgent option then the crayfish and spanner crab ravioli is our go to. Elmo’s have put their heart and soul into this dish. The delicious little pasta pockets pop with flavour. Made with mushroom duxelles, and served in a tasty pool of beef and sherry broth then the final touch is added, a fine sprinkle of fresh black truffle.

Elmo understands the importance of truffle so over the season you can add it to any item of their extended menu to satisfy every need that arises.

This is a great restaurant to bring the whole family to, they’re open for lunch, dinner and a cheeky night cap. Truffle season, sadly, won’t last forever so make sure you head to Elmo’s before it’s too late! Book ahead to guarantee a table.

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