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The Artichoke Aficionado

Reviewing the best artichokes and artichoke-based meals in the world…one, or ten, at a time.

Category: artichokes

Sicilian Style Stuffed Artichokes From My Aunt Sandy!

Here’s a video from my Aunt Sandy making sicilian-style stuffed artichokes. I can’t wait to make them myself. Enjoy!

Stuffed artichoke at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza, NYC

I have a complicated relationship with Artichoke Basille’s. You might assume that it would be one of my favorite places in the city. And I really want it to be. But alas, the one item on the menu I’m supposed to love, the artichoke pizza itself, fails to deliver. The crust is too thick, the [...]

Happy National Artichoke Hearts Day!

My favorite day of the year! http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-artichoke-hearts-day

My own homemade Panko-stuffed artichokes!

When I make homemade stuffed artichokes, I typically use breadcrumbs, shredded mozz, olive oil and maybe some other secret spices But this time I tried panko instead of regular breadcrumbs. Panko is a Japanese breadcrumb that’s a little lighter than regular breadcrumbs. It came out pretty good! 10/10 on the chokescale.    

Fried Baby Artichokes at Tre, NYC

Tre is a great date spot and a very solid choice for Italian food. The fried baby artichokes combined the texture of fried potatoes with a heavy olive oil veggie flavor. The tips of each artichoke leaf were crispy and perfectly burnt, and flakes of artichoke fall off as you crunch down on your first [...]

Stuffed Artichoke Pizza at Nonna’s New York

I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking on this one. That is indeed a whole beautiful artichoke stuffed with cheese on a spinach slice oozing with olive oil and flavor. Like all of the slices at Nonna’s, the ingredients are fresh and the crust is CRUSTY! 9/10 on the chokescale. Nonna’s [...]

Artichoke Dip at Bruchetteria in New York

Do you remember as a child how your feet would get stuck in the mud and you would have to pull them out slowly with a satisfying sticky tear? That’s how it feels to step into the hot artichoke dip at Bruchetteria. The dip is smooth, rich and creamy with sticky clumps of artichoke interspersed. [...]

Review of Cafe Evangelista, Rome – Artichoke specialty restaurant

Cafe Evangelista in Rome, Italy is close to artichoke heaven but just outside the gates. Most of the dishes are artichoke-based and excellent. Firstly let me highly recommend the Villa Medoro Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine. This is a wine full of surprises. It begins with a sweet fruit start, proceeds to an acidic middle, and finishes [...]

Stuffed artichokes at the San Gennaro Festival in New York

The first artichoke I had at San Gennaro was very close to perfection – extremely tender, just enough breadcrumbs with cloves of roasted garlic inside, and a nice surprise of melted parmesan and olives at the bottom. 9/10 on the chokescale. The second artichoke was breadcrumbs-a-plenty. A little tougher, and a little messier. The saving [...]

Homemade stuffed artichokes in the Outer Banks, North Carolina

When I cook artichokes, tenderness is both an ingredient and an outcome. Sometimes though, even the most masterful touch can’t make a tough artichoke tender. I typically cook artichokes for 45 minutes to an hour. These artichokes however, purchased in Corolla, North Carolina, were tough as nails after steaming for an hour and 15 minutes. [...]