The First Artichoke

The artichoke is a big part of culinary traditions throughout the Mediterranean area. In fact, the ancient Greeks had a myth about the origins of this curious vegetable. And, as is the case with many Greek myths, it starts with one of the gods falling for a mortal.

As the story goes, Zeus became enamored with a beauty by the name of Cynara. He therefore elevated her to godhood and brought her up to Mount Olympus. Unfortunately, the woman was unsatisfied with her deific life, and would frequently sneak back down to visit with her family. Zeus became so infuriated with her that he turned her into the first artichoke.

At our Seattle Italian restaurant, you can enjoy baby artichokes in the form of our carciofi alla romana. This dish is served with garlic, lemon, parmesan, and herbs. Try it tonight at IL Bistro!