The Perfect Accompaniment to a Negroni
Posted June 19, 2018 2:12 p.m. EDT
Artichokes flourish just south of Naples, in the region of the Cilento National Park near Salerno and the Greco-Roman ruins of Paestum. There’s a variety, the romanesco artichoke, that grows to modest dimensions; once trimmed, the heart is the size of a kumquat. Francesco and Fabrizio Vastola, a father and son team, harvest these artichokes on their Maida Farm, pack them in extra-virgin olive oil and ship them to connoisseurs. Put them in a bowl, serve them with toothpicks alongside an aperitif or fold them into a risotto just before plating. They have deep flavor and a texture at once tender and firm.
Small artichokes in extra-virgin olive oil, $17.50 for 6.7 ounces, gustiamo.com.