The particular salad that stopped conversation was probably one of the simplest on the menu: a puntarelle salad with garlic and anchovies. If you're not familiar with puntarelle, it's very common in Rome and is part of the chicory family. It has a pepperiness that reminds me of arugula, but looks far from a leafy green vegetable with its distinct bulbs and little shoots. While it's not in every grocery store and will take some searcing, from what I've been told, people who try puntarelle are usually hooked. Have you?
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