Carciofi alla Romana (Roman Style Artichokes)

Recipe from the Jewish Ghetto in Rome

Italians love their artichokes and Romans know how to treat them.

I first had this dish in the Jewish Ghetto in Roma at Giggetto al Portico d’Ottavia sitting outside on a hot summer day with a glass of chilled Frascati and the Portico ruins as our vista.

This is my interpretation of that dish. It is one of my favorites second only to my mom’s artichokes stuffed whole and roasted in the oven. Those are messy to eat. You gotta scrape the leaves with your teeth to get the meat and stuffing. With these you can eat the whole thing!


10 Replies to “Carciofi alla Romana (Roman Style Artichokes)”

  1. Gianni

    You just made my favorite vegetable even more delicious and enjoyable, I have tried to replicate my Mom’s finished product. I know the ingredients and they taste the same as hers but they were always too tough on the outside. I never thought to pull off the hard dry leaves to the succulent inner leaves. The outer leaves interfered with the steaming method. I also now scoop out the choke while preparing them.

    Thanks for the information and help! You’really the Best!

    Ciao for now


  2. I am a 2nd generation Italian American whose grandparents came from Sicily on on my Mom’s side and Calabria on my Dad’s side (via Ellis Island in the very early 1900’s). My Mother’s family always made Carciofi stuffed as you described that your Mother did and we would have them for each of the big holiday meals. They sound really good the way you make them so I think I’ll have to dive your method a try.

  3. We couldn’t get enough of these when we were in Rome 2 years ago. When we got back home I attempted to make them from a recipe I found online, but they were nothing like these…my husband and I ate 2 each 🙂
    Thanks Gianni!

    1. Two each, bravo. They’re good for you.

      I eat a lot of carciofi in Roma, especially in the Jewish Ghetto. This recipe is a good adaptation to tide you over until you get back to Roma.

  4. Turned out AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe. My family, who have been scarred by my earlier artichoke attempts, loved thes. 🙂

    1. Ciao Dawn. Great to hear the carciofi was a hit with your family. Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables and I’ll share some other easy recipes soon. I’m waiting for baby artichokes to hit the market.

  5. Wonderful!! Can’t wait to try it — I LOVE artichokes. There’s a saying that unless you live in CA, you don’t know how to eat an artichoke. Now we do.

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