Ladispoli Artichoke Festival
Sagra del Carciofo Romanesco, Ladispoli
This town boasts the largest artichoke celebration in Italy but I’m here to dispute that claim on the basis of irrelevance. I was thinking that just like an artichoke, 80% of it (the festival) is made up of stuff you can do without and you have to work hard to get to the end (of the street) till you get to the heart where the true prize is.
Ladispoli is a seaside town about 45 minutes by train from Rome. One of those towns that definitely looks better at night and certainly takes on a much more appealing atmosphere once the sun has set.
There certainly was a festive atmosphere about and I can’t deny that the thousands of people who were thronging the main streets were adequately entertained, fed and had ample opportunity to consume.
At the end of the main street were a number of pro loco representing various Italian regions. Only 3 of about 20 tents served artichokes in some form. I took photos while the light was still good and then lined up to be served a portion of the tons of fried artichokes on offer.
The artichoke that grows around Rome and Ladispoli is unsurprisingly called the Romanesco. The first, most prized chokes on the plant are known as Cimaroli. These usually command a slightly higher price as there a fewer of these and they are very tender. Sometimes you may here or see the Romanesco being referred to by their more common name of Mammole.
The favourite way to serve the local artichoke is to simply batter in flour and egg and deep fry in a blended seed oil.
Here’s the Method
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