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Carciofi alla giudìa (Italian pronunciation: [karˈtʃɔːfi alla dʒuˈdiːa]; literally “Jewish style artichokes”) is among the best known dishes of Roman Jewish cuisine.

The recipe is essentially a deep fried artichoke, and originated in the Jewish community of Rome, giudìo being the Roman dialect term for Jew.

 It is a speciality of the Roman Ghetto, where it is served by Jewish restaurants in the springtime.

In English the dish is usually referred to with the standard Italian spelling Carciofi alla giudea; this spelling may be found in Italian sources as well, but the Roman dialect name is much more commonly used.

Preparation: 40 min 

Cooking: 25 minutes

Serves: 4 people


  • 8 Roman / Globe artichokes
  • olive oil
  • salt


Young, whole, round (if possible), thornless artichokes are required for this dish. 

Break off the stems, discard the tough outer leaves and cut the tips off the others with a small sharp knife while holding the artichokes horizontally on a chopping board.

They will be wide at the base and rounded at the top. 

Fill a wide, high-sided, cast-iron frying pan with enough olive oil to half-cover the artichokes and heat gently. 

Open out the leaves slightly and place the artichokes upright in the oil. 

Cook over a medium heat for 10–12 minutes, then increase the heat and turn the artichokes upside down. 

Cook for a further 10 minutes until they have turned golden brown and are crisp at the tips. 

Remove with a fish slice, taking care not to break them. 

Serve immediately, sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

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