Puntarelle. Punto.

Ever hear of Puntarelle? I didn’t until I came to Italy, and more specifically Rome. It is a type of chicory, a bit bitter, and often served only from November to January. You can still find it served in a few restaurants or in the markets this time of year, but it is harder to come by.

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Puntarelle served in Rome

It is a strange but delicious food. Not sure of its nutritional content. The leaves are often cut off leaving the shoots, which have the same texture as watercress. The are served with anchovies, olive oil, lemon and salt, oh, and a lot of garlic. Really delicious and so beautifully Roman.

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