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Best fried artichokes in Rome?

vvv03 Jun 3, 2008 09:53 AM

We're off to Rome in a few weeks. Someone told us they had some terrific fried artichokes in the Jewish ghetto (I don't even know where that is) and I'd love to get some good ones. Any suggestions?

  1. seal Jun 12, 2008 10:56 AM

    No disputing the fact that Piperno has great artichokes.

    But, fyi, with the exchange rate as it is, they cost about $25 US each, or about $50 for an order of two large artichokes.

    6 Replies
    1. re: seal
      toitoi Jun 12, 2008 06:11 PM

      Hey, it's a holiday - hang the price.

      1. re: seal
        mbfant Jun 13, 2008 08:17 AM

        No question Piperno is an expensive restaurant. Giggetto, Paris, and Pompiere are cheaper. Sora Margherita also has the artichokes in season and would be much cheaper, but I don't know whether they have them out of season.

        There are French artichokes available in the markets, which is probably what the restaurants are serving.

        1. re: mbfant
          jen kalb Jun 13, 2008 09:14 PM

          Im no specialist, but I know you can get artichoke plants to produce multiple secondary and further shoots through various methods after a main harvest- also that they can be grown in the north - like in the eastern US for different harvest seasons. So they are available more througout the year than traditionally.

          1. re: jen kalb
            Betty Jun 14, 2008 03:30 PM

            I'll bet they have found ways to extend the season as Jen suggests. I saw them growing in home gardens in Ravenna in July a couple of years ago.

            1. re: Betty
              elizabeth2929 Jun 15, 2008 03:17 PM

              Re: the prices of artichokes at Piperno. In mid-May, it was 16 Euros per order -- each order has two artichokes. One artichoke is a satisfying portion per person. So that cuts the price of an appetizer to about 8 Euros -- about $13.00 more or less. No way did we pay 50.00 for two artichokes.

              1. re: elizabeth2929
                seal Jun 16, 2008 05:03 PM

                We paid 32 euro for an order of 2. Who do you know? ;o)

                lol - now that I think about it, we may have had 2 orders. In wine there is truth perhaps, but not memory.

      2. chezfredo Jun 4, 2008 12:25 PM

        I dined at Trattoria da Giggetto and enjoyed the artichokes (and everything else) very much. The Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere are really great areas to meander around. Lots of great food and local flavor to be found there.

        1. mbfant Jun 3, 2008 02:19 PM

          Artichokes are no longer in season, but the restaurants that specialize in the Jewish fritti manage to have them all year. It's a sort of don't ask, don't tell thing. In the Ghetto, Piperno is the best. Many people like Giggetto and Al Pompiere, but they aren't in the same league. Paris, in Trastevere, is also very good. The owners worked in Piperno for years before opening their own place.

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