Puntarelle alla Romana With Anchovies And Garlic

Puntarelle alla Romana is a classic Roman dish, Puntarelle are the shoots of the chicory cut very thin and seasoned with garlic and anchovies paste.

Puntarelle alla Romana

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Puntarelle are not easy to find here in France but you can replace them with endives.

I went to Ventimiglia market to buy them, and beside the puntarelle I found some other unusual Italian vegetables and cheeses.

If you are interested to find out more you can watch the video here below:

Puntarelle alla Romana are made only with the shoots inside the vegetable head.

You can use the outside leaves for a minestrone or soup.


puntarelle shoots used for the salad

anchovies garlic seasoning

The seasoning is made by stir frying a clove of garlic and 3 anchovies.

I use the anchovies preserved in salt rather than oil as I prefer to add my extra virgin olive oil.

It is a nice paste full of garlicky, fishy salty flavour which you can actually use as a dressing for any other salad.

Puntarelle alla Romana

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Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle alla Romana
Prep Time
10 mins

Cook Time
5 mins

Total Time
15 mins


Puntarelle alla Romana is a classic Roman dish, Puntarelle are the shoots of the chicory cut very thin and seasoned with garlic and anchovies paste.


Servings: 4 people
Calories: 95 kcal

  • 1
    puntarelle head
  • 3
    best preserved in salt
  • 1
  • 3
    extra virgin olive oil

  1. In a small pan stir fry at low heat the anchovies with the garlic and 1 tbsp of olive oil

    Anchovies and garlic seasoning
  2. Remove the outer leaves of the puntarelle 

    puntarelle shoots used for the salad
  3. Cut the puntarelle into thin slices and put them in ice water to curl. Those shoots were too early in the season and did not curl

    Cut the puntarelle
  4. Drain the puntarelle add the anchovies seasoning adding some extra virgin olive oil. You do not need to add salt

  5. Stir and serve

    Puntarelle alla Romana

Recipe Notes

Calories 95 calories per serving
Fat 11 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 1 gr per serving
Proteins 0 gr per serving
Sugar 0 gr per serving
Sodium 169 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.


  6 comments for “Puntarelle alla Romana With Anchovies And Garlic

  1. 14th March 2018 at 9:11 am

    That sounds awesome, I have never heard of them or seen them but love finding about new ‘stuff’… I love endive and chicory, such fab flavours so I’m sure I would love this. Fab video too!

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 9:18 am

      Thank you Brian, I haven’t made them for sometimes since I cannot find puntarelle here in France. Since I made them again I realized I should use this seasoning more often.

  2. 14th March 2018 at 11:03 am

    This is interesting, i love eating new dishes and I like to try this one but I think it’s hard to find. I hope one day I will meet this puntarelle. Must saved for future use. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you Melve. As I wrote in the post, you can use endive instead. It is from the same family.

  3. 14th March 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve never tried this before and it looks so tasty! Can’t wait to give it a try… what a unique dish!

    • Laura
      15th March 2018 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Julie, simple but delicious

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