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“Mammole” Artichokes

I don’t know any other place in the world where the artichoke is as revered as it is in Rome! Here it’s a genuine obsession, and a centenary tradition to cook the perfect artichoke or, as we say, “carciofo”! Until you’ve tried Rome’s two star artichoke dishes, you can’t truly say that you know and appreciate roman cooking.
I’m talking about “Carciofi alla Romana” and “Carciofi alla Giudia”.
These dishes are made with a special type of artichoke called the “Mammola” which is a typical crop grown in the countryside outside Rome and in the region of Lazio.
The special traits of this artichoke is that not only is it is very big and round, it is also remarkably soft, because it has no spines on it’s leaves and practically none of that fuzzy hair normal artichokes have on their insides. So let’s face it, it’s basically delicatessen before you even put your hands on it to cook it! So maybe now understand why we get so excited about it. Not yet? Well listen up…

Carciofo alla Giudia

The “Carciofo alla Giuda” is a typical plate of Jewish-Roman cuisine, and it’s recipe is over  500 years old. Preparing it is an art that very few people truly master, as you must know how to clean the artichoke in a special way before delicately frying it whole in olive oil so that each and every one of its leaves is both crunchy and tender and the result is like an eccentric and delicious flower.

Carciofi alla Romana

The “Carciofo alla Romana” is another star of typical roman cuisine, and it’s recipe dates back to the 1800s. It’s a mammella artichoke filled with mint, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper which is slowly stewed in olive oil for about 30 minutes until it becomes so soft it literally melts in your mouth!

Now have I really “cooked up” your anticipation and your expectations? Don´t worry, Tourcrafters has selected the perfect restaurant for you so you can savor this genuine ode to the artichoke:

Visit La Taverna Urbana in Via Urbana, the heart of the historical neighborhood of Monti! This delightful restaurant is owned and managed by a roman family, and it’s “carciofi” are delicious. The cook is a very talented lady of Jewish origin who masters the art of cooking the artichoke! Why not stop by? We invite you, with our special offer

Tourcrafters gives a coupon worth 50 euros to spend at the Taverna Urbana restaurant to all our clients who stay in Rome and make a reservation of more than 6,000$ for their stay in Italy. 

-Chiara Galli-