The foodie traveller … on artichokes, served ‘Jewish-style’, in Rome

February 3, 2015

Rome’s ancient Jewish quarter retains a distinctive culinary tradition dating from classical antiquity. And the humble artichoke is at its centre

Carciofo alla giudia is the traditional crispy fried globe artichoke of Il Ghetto, the Hebrew ghetto in the historic heart of Rome. The ghetto was finally abolished in 1870 but the dish lives on, being a speciality of Roman Jewish cuisine. Alla giudia means “Jewish-style” in local dialect.

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It was originally prepared to celebrate the end of the Yom Kippur fast, but carciofo alla giudia, with its golden petals that crunch in a delectable way when you bite into them, has long been popular with Romans from all communities. Today, many restaurants sell the dish (from about €8 a portion) but only a few get it right.

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