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Carciofi Alla Giudia

Since it is artichoke season I am wondering whether any restaurants are serving carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes roman Jewish style). I am particularly looking for the dish made from long stemmed large globe artichokes NOT babies. Osteria does serve the dish, it is ok but not great and they use babies. I called Tiramisu but the very nice young woman could not really answer my question other than to tell me it is their most popular dish (I am not surprised….it is a great dish even when made with short stemmed babies).

Has anyone eaten this dish here in Philly made with long stemmed large artichokes??

Thank you very much for your help.

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  1. Yes they have it at Tiramisu, use the long stem artichokes, and they are good. The rest of the food is pretty good too... service, on the other hand, was a distaster last time I was there.

    1. Help me out with the name, it is an Italian grocery store on Passyunk Ave. Not Alla Guidia, but this store (begins with
      an M) was selling huge jars of long stemmed artichokes for
      a reasonable price. They also sold them by the pound, loose, and the four I bought were wonderful. Next time
      I'm there, I'm going to spring for the huge jar, to share with
      a friend, for loads of yummy appetizers.

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        1. re: Bashful3

          Yes, it is Mancuso's. I bought the large restaurant size tin for a very low price. Mr. Mancuso also makes very good mozzarella.

        2. I used to adore the artichokes at Tiramisu, back in the day at their old location off South Street. Have not had the chance to visit since they re-opened at their new location, but I do recall they were the ONLY preparation I've had anywhere in the States that bore any resemblance to the wonderful Carciofi Alla Giudia you get in Rome. The ones I had at Osteria were terribly greasy and just all around wrong, same at Amis, so I've given up ordering them anywhere in Philly (I just make them at home when I can find good quality fresh artichokes.) But I would give the ones at Tiramisu a try.

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          1. re: sockii

            Agree with you sockii. I loved the Tiramisu carciofi. Just like Rome. Have to try their new location.

          2. I haven't been there for a long time, but I recall having had a great version at Salento.

            1. Amis sometimes has carciofi alla giudia as a special, and it's much better than the version at Osteria.

              1. I just enjoyed carciofi all Giudia at Salento this past weekend. Great place. Too bad it is BYOB. Not being from Philly, I did not know how difficult it is to find a liquor store. Had to walk four blocks to get a bottle of wine.

                1. Does anyone have an update on this post? Apparently, Tiramisu is closed.

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                  1. re: Unkle Al

                    Are you sure (the one in Berwyn, not the original near South st.)? Their website is still up.

                    1. re: JanR

                      Thank you. I called them and they are, indeed, open. However, they are frying baby artichokes and I am looking for the fried large artichokes like in Rome.

                      1. re: Unkle Al

                        You're making me weep!

                        I think part of the problem here in the US is getting those beautiful fresh long-stem artichokes like that...when I asked a chef in Rome (in the Jewish "Ghetto) about the secret to preparing them, he did them differently than shown in that video: very slowly cooked in just a little oil, stems up in the pan, until tender. Then they were smashed down by the "handle" and flash fried a little longer to get that crispness, stems cut of, and done.


                      2. Well, I made the dish last night from some beauties at Whole Foods. I selected the heaviest artichokes with long stems.

                        They took a lot of time to trim and I have cleaned them up many times before, still it was time consuming. It was also moderately messy as frying always is messy. But they were very good.

                        The downsides of making them at home encourage me even more to find a restaurant serving them.