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col legno - still great?

wleatherette Mar 20, 2007 10:34 AM

i had a few lovely meals at col legno and am considering it for a dinner this weekend, but i wanted to get some recent opinions as it's been 3 or 4 years since i was last there. hoping it hasn't lost anything...

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    shechow RE: wleatherette Mar 20, 2007 07:51 PM

    funny, i was just thinking about col legno and their irrestible fried jerusalem artichoke heart appetizer. the last time i was there, about 2 years ago, they were sold out by 8pm. it was very dissappointing as that was the inspiration for eating there. nonetheless, the rest of the food was very good but nothing fabulous. the atmosphere, however, was a little dull.

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    1. re: shechow
      Pan RE: shechow Mar 20, 2007 10:15 PM

      Jerusalem artichoke? I'll bet you mean the Carciofi alla Giudia (Artichokes in Jewish Style - not Jerusalem artichokes, aka sunchokes).

      I'm a longtime regular at Col Legno and the last time I went there was within the last 3 months of so. I think the restaurant is a very good value and consistently good and satisfying, but I wouldn't consider it great. Same as it ever was? Yes. So I think you're safe, wleatherette.

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        wleatherette RE: Pan Mar 21, 2007 06:56 AM

        thanks, guys. i'm glad to hear that it remains a solid choice.

        1. re: Pan
          bobby06877 RE: Pan Mar 21, 2007 07:13 AM

          I have seen Jerusalem artichokes on the menu at several Italian restaurants. I am not a huge artichoke fan so I have not ordered them. Are you saying that a menu item marked as a Jerusalem artichoke is likely something else?

          1. re: bobby06877
            RGR RE: bobby06877 Mar 21, 2007 10:04 AM

            A menu item listed as "Jerusalem artichokes" would definitely be entirely different from one listed simply as "artichokes." This presumes the chef (who, one would hope, knows the difference) has provided the correct information to whoever is in charge of preparing the written menu, and that that person has not made a mistake when composing it.

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              kenito799 RE: RGR Mar 21, 2007 12:18 PM

              Col legno has a great crispy fried baby artichoke dish, definitely not a sunchoke. I have had it many times. Col legno is sort of like stepping into a time warp where it's always 1996, which is not necessarily a bad thing...my only complaint is how noisy it can be when it's full. Very comforting menu, good value.

            2. re: bobby06877
              Helen F RE: bobby06877 Mar 22, 2007 11:32 AM

              As the others have pointed out, except in name there is no relationship between a real artichoke (from the thistle family) and "Jerusalem Artichoke" or Sunchoke (tuberous roots of Sunflower plants). If you look at the two items in a supermarket, there's no confusing them. It's the baby version of the regular artichoke that is fried in the Roman "Carciofi alla Giudia."

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