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Puntarelle alla romana recipe from of 29-03-2017 [Updated on 29-03-2017]

That of Roman Puntarelle it's a really interesting dish. It is a typical salad of the Lazio tradition that is prepared with the internal shoots of the plant (very often also called catalonia salad).
The dish is then seasoned with a sort of anchovy pesto prepared with the addition of garlic, pepper, oil and vinegar. If, like me, you are the first experience with this type of vegetable and you don't know how to cook chicory this is definitely one of the very first recipes you should try.
And with the remaining chicory? Don't worry, in a few minutes I'll give you the recipe to use even the greenest leaves;)


How to make Roman chicory

Divide the bunch of chicory and take the heart, the one with the sprouts.

Now divide the sprouts into many strips and put them in cold water for at least an hour.

Prepare garlic, oil, vinegar and chopped anchovies in a small bowl.
Gently stir to emulsify.

Then drain the chicory and place them in a serving dish to season with the prepared emulsion.

Your Roman chicory salad is ready to be enjoyed.

Roman-style chicory salad

Just recently, wandering around the local market, I found some beautiful chicory that gave me the idea to prepare a simple and tasty side dish to do in the blink of an eye: the Roman chicory salad. Have you ever tasted it? For me it is a real goodness! If you've never seen them, chicory chicory is nothing more than the sprouts of Catalonian chicory, grown mainly in Lazio and in some areas of Campania since ancient times, excellent to be consumed even raw. Their use in Roman cuisine is well known, as is their pleasantly bitter taste which lends itself well to giving a strong note where it is needed. Why not try other fresh salads like my orange and fennel salad or my cucumber, mango and smoked ham salad?

As the traditional recipe requires, I enriched the chicory, crunchy and rigorously well curled, with anchovy fillets, to give it a savory note, and a tasty emulsion to combine everything in the best possible way. My guests are already waiting for me, forks in hand. Here is my recipe!

Puntarelle alla romana cooked in a pan: how are they prepared?

Puntarelle are nothing more than the shoots of a particular variety of Catalonian chicory, which looks like a leaf bush, inside which are contained talli, florets similar to white asparagus. These talli are the buds of the chicory that is about to produce flowers and seeds, and are the very ones from which the puntarella is obtained. The recipe for good puntarelle alla romana cooked in a pan it is quite simple, just follow some basic points, to prepare them as per tradition.

Production and dissemination

The cultivation and consumption of chicory is typically widespread in the regions of Puglia, Campania and, precisely, Lazio, where the Romans call sprouts of catalonia precisely puntarelle, which are the basis of a typical dish that is very popular and appreciated in the region.

This vegetable variety is cultivated in several areas of Italy, but among the major producers there is certainly Puglia, with the famous chicory of Molfetta and Galatina. The jagged chicory has also been cultivated for centuries in the Campania region and in the south of Lazio, especially between Formia and Gaeta. This is precisely the variety most used for the recipe for pan-fried chicory alla romana.

Puntarelle alla romana - Recipes

2 heads of chicory (i.e. sprouts of Catalonian chicory)
anchovy fillets in oil (or anchovy paste)
1 clove of garlic
White wine vinegar


I haven't eaten chicory in a lifetime, you can't find them here :( I'd eat a wagon cooked like this :) a big kiss, good we

How can you not find .. what a pity. oh well .. you come and see me .. so I'll prepare them for you .-) smackkkk

Hi Cla! But do you know that I think I've never eaten them? They must be good, then with the anchovies: P Except for the recipe! A big kiss and congratulations, good weekend! Is Rughetto hibernating? Give it a kiss! : **

Very lethargic. even if every now and then I hear that he scratches in the house .. mah! :-D smack

but do you know I've never eaten them? now I know how they do it since sometimes I find them here !! ) good we

Try them .. try them .. they are too good! smack

Sweetheart, I have never tasted chicory but by hearsay I know that they are excellent so as soon as I come across them I provooooo !! A big kiss dear and it rains here too :-(.

Yes dear Imma .. you absolutely must .. I am so scrocchiarelle .. :-D smackkk

Hello, take comfort here too it rains continuously since tonight! How good these chicory! A simple and tasty dish.
kiss Kiss

Yeah .. and I think we'll have some more for a few days .- (sigh .. smackkk

Hi Claudia, I tasted them once and I liked them a lot, but here they are not easy to find. sin.
You made me want to eat them, good.
Kisses, happy Sunday.

But what a pity. are you sure? to see them from the outside they look like a head of chicory .. instead inside .. zacchete .. there are sprouts! try to look for them at the market! smackkk

Exceptional, I love them! You know that tender, raw, finely shredded and similarly seasoned leaves are great!

Here .. I the useless leaves I cooked them all! I'll try as you say .. smackkkk

so I've never eaten them. thanks for the recipe.
good w.e. and good 2014.

Hi Cla & # 39, I love chicory. when I get it at the market, I buy plenty of it and have a good feast. They are too good. Yeah, I remember when you were little I worked hard to let you taste them. Now I'm glad you appreciate them so much. Gloomy day today. let's not lose heart. we have the sun in our hearts. Happy weekend to you and Ric. A smile at Rughetto who turns over in bed in his sleep. Big kisses.

Wonderful!! I've never tasted them I have to try them1! I should be able to find them also fair, even if with a little difficulty !!

How beautiful is your site, I have put it in my favorites. Well done!
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Here I am :-)
better late than never, right?
First of all many, many best wishes and then, thank goodness I'm back otherwise I would have missed certain wonders. puntarelle don't drive me crazy (I can't stand bitter vegetables) but that Girasole cake is a sight, sooner or later it must be mine -)
A big hug, best wishes again and. See you soon :-D

Welcome back. the sunflower try it .. even with other fillings .. it's scenic! smack

Tagliolini alla romana

320 g of tagliolini
500 g of chicory (or catalonia),
2 anchovies in salt
10 black olives
an untreated lemon
30 g of grated pecorino
4 tablespoons of oil

Clean the chicory (or the catalonia), wash them well and boil them in a pot with plenty of salted water for 15 minutes. Then drain and cut them into small pieces. Brown a clove of garlic in a pan with the oil, - mash it with a fork and then remove it. Desalt and bone the anchovies, add them to the oil and melt them by mashing them with the tines of a fork. Add the chicory and leave it to flavor for a few minutes over high heat. Pitted and coarsely chopped the olives and reduce the carefully washed lemon peel into a matchstick. Boil the tagliolini in a large pot with plenty of salted boiling water and drain when al dente. Transfer them to the pan containing the chicory sauce, stir and leave to flavor for another 2 minutes. Add the olives and lemon zest, sprinkle with pecorino and serve.


We take the head of Catalogna salad or chicory and cut it in half in order to reach the heart where the sprouts are kept.
We cut our sprouts into small, thin strips and then soak them in cold water for about an hour.

We take a bowl and inside it we begin to prepare the dressing with garlic, vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and chopped anchovies. Once everything is placed in the bowl, mix the tasty emulsion very delicately.

Let's go get the chicory soaked in cold water and drain it well. Let's transfer them to a large serving dish and season them with the anchovy and garlic emulsion.
We can serve the freshly prepared salad cold and just ready to our guests so that they can best enjoy its delicate flavors.

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PUNTARELLE ALLA ROMANA (Römischer Chicoréesalat)

  • 1 geschälte Knoblauchzehen
  • 8 Esslöffel Olivenöl
  • 2 Esslöffel weißen Weinessig
  • 1 Esslöffel voll Sardellenpaste (Natürlich kann man auch Sardellenfilets pürieren oder klein zerhacken)
  • 5 Handvoll Salat (e.g. eignen sich alle Chicorée Sorten)


wie reizend. Puntarelle gibt es doch echt nur in Italien, für mich der Inbegriff von Einkaufen auf dem Campo dé Fiori.

nur die italienische Küche bietet eine so huge Anzahl an & # 39glücklichen & # 39 und vor allen Dingen natürlichen und nicht überkochten Gerichte an und zwar in allen Bereichen.
Ausgeschlossen sind natürlich die ausgesprochenen Feinschmecker-Gerichte, die jedes Land zu bieten hat, aber die hohe Anzahl der nicht übermanipulierten Feinschmecker-Delikatessen können nur die Italiener halten.
das bleibt eben unübertroffen auf diesem Planeten.

Wer in Rom einen wirklich ursprünglichen Markt erleben möchte, sollte zum Triumphal Market gehen in der Nähe des Vatikans. Leider wurde dieser sehr grosse und auf Römer zugeschnittene Markt (wenig Touristen) vor 2 Jahren von der Strasse in eine hygienischere Markthalle verlegt. Aber dennoch - viel interessanter als Campo dei Fiori.
Übrigens bekommt man Puntarelle durchaus in Deutschland bei türkischen Supermärkten (denjenigen, die an Türken verkaufen). Wir haben zum Beispiel Puntarelle in Mannheim bekommen. Ebenso Cima di Rape. Geht doch

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  • 1000 g of chicory (gross weight)
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 40 g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of soulless garlic in half
  • 4 anchovy fillets in oil, drained
  • 1 pinch of ground white pepper
  • 20 g of white wine vinegar
  • 2 pinches of salt

Cut the Catalonian chicory into two parts.

To make the pasta, use the part with the green leaves and some sliced ​​buds.

Cut the chicory and put them in water.

Blanch the chicory for a couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, pour a generous round of d & rsquooliva oil into a large-bottomed pan and add 2 cloves of garlic and chilli.

As soon as the garlic begins to fry, drain the chicory and transfer it to the pan.

Keep the cooking water aside in which you will cook the pasta.

Leave the chicory to flavor in the sauté for a couple of minutes and then add the anchovy fillets.

Anchovies can be added to the sauté before chicory but I like to add them later because their taste remains more vivid.

Cook the spaghetti in the cooking water of the chicory.

When they are missing 3 minutes at the end of cooking of the pasta, drain it and transfer it to the pan.

Finish cooking the pasta by adding cooking water when it dries.

You will see that the pasta will gradually become more and more creamy.

When cooked, remove from heat and add the grated pecorino (even without it is very good all the same).

Your pasta with puntarelle and Roman-style anchovies is ready and if you want to make it even more delicious you can serve it with toasted bread crumbs 😉

Divide the Catalonian chicory into 2 parts detaching the ribs from the green tips. Save the green tips for other recipes.

Divide the part of the shoots in 2 and detach them from the head.

Eliminate the hardest parts e cut them into thin slices.

Once cut the chicory put them in cold water.

If they are very bitter, keep them in cold water for about 1 hour.

If they are not very bitter, just rinse them.

Meanwhile, prepare the anchovy sauce.

In the mixer put l & rsquoolio d & rsquooliva, anchovy fillets and white vinegar.

If you want you can also add 1 small piece of garlic but it is optional.

Blend everything until you get a sauce.

Drain the chicory, put them in a bowl and season with the anchovy sauce.

Once on the plate, add another spoonful of anchovy sauce on the chicory.

Video: Tutorial su come pulire e condire le puntarelle

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