Seasonal and Rare: Celestino’s Offers Truffle Menu

Featuring truffles and a variety of earthy, flavorful mushrooms, this special menu won’t last long

Monday, February 23, 2015 | 7:43 pm

Celestino Ristorante's Black Truffle

Celestino Ristorante - Veal Carpaccio with Shaved Fresh Truffle 2

Celestino Ristorante – Veal Carpaccio with Shaved Fresh Truffle

If you’ve been watching cooking reality shows, you might have caught episodes where chefs and contestants profess their great love for one of the most indulgent ingredients around: truffles. While truffles don’t look so fancy (black and lumpy like coal!), they are the farthest from bland.
Calogero Drago, owner and executive chef of Celestino Ristorante, is thrilled to unveil their new seasonal mushroom and truffle menu, which is only made possible by their selection of extremely hard to get truffles and mushrooms.

The menu features five truffle options, all luxurious, lush, and delicious: Veal Carpaccio with Fresh Shaved Truffle & Pecorino Cheese, Risotto with Fresh Shaved Truffle, Gnocchi Stuffed with Mushroom in a Truffle Cheese Sauce, and Filet of Sole with Mixed Vegetables and Shaved Truffles.

Drago considers the Tortellini with Meat in a Saffron, Pecorino and Black Pepper Sauce with Fresh Truffle as the most luxurious truffle dish on his menu. “Truffles will go with just about anything, but this tortellini dish is my favorite,” Drago says.

The menu also features other fungi like morels and porcini mushrooms in dishes like Tagliolini with Fresh Morel Mushrooms and Pecorino Cheese, Veal Scaloppini with Fresh Fava Beans and Fresh Morel Mushrooms, Risotto with Baby Scallops and Fresh Morel Mushrooms, Roasted Rack of Veal with Fresh Porcini Mushrooms, and Porcini Mushroom Soup with Black Truffle.

Available through the end of March, Celestino’s mushroom dishes are ideal to have this winter season. “Mushrooms add a deep, earthy flavor to anything you put them in, which makes them perfect for hearty winter dishes,” says Drago.

Celestino Ristorante is located at 141 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 795-4006 or visit


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