Last weekend at the Rialto market in Venice I was surprised to see how many types of artichokes there were to be had. Spiky, spherical, large, small, Venetian, and Roman, each just begging to be grilled, braised, or fried. We don’t get such a wide variety down here in Rome where the carciofo romanesco is king. I found these carciofini (small artichokes) particularly appealing.

2016-01-09T19:09:44+00:00 March 19th, 2010|Categories: Daily Food Photo, Venice|3 Comments


  1. Davy the Fat Boy March 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    The St. Erasmo artichokes in Venice are fabulous. We try to visit Venice in late May to see the Vogalonga (anything goes boat race) and to eat St. Erasmo artichokes.


    • Katie March 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm - Reply

      oooh those are good! i had some at anice stellato in cannaregio. check out the photo here.

  2. Davythefatboy May 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    It seems these are getting earlier – this year we got to Venice may 15 and the San Erasmo castraure were pretty much gone. Goung forward we’ll need to prioritze artichokes and get to Venice at the beginning of May.

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