One of my first NYC dining experiences that I remember from being a kid was going to this great Italian Restaurant up by Carnegie Hall. The place was called "Trattoria Dell Arte" (it's still there) and was known for their huge thin crust pizzas. However, the pizza wasn't what made a lasting impression on me....it was their appetizer named "Jewish Ghetto Style Artichokes". First off....terrible name. No one wants to eat anything with the word "ghetto" in it.....however, at the time, I was with my dad (who IS Jewish) and after we had a quick laugh about the name, we decided to order the appetizer.
Best. Move. Ever.
Imagine an Artichoke and a Potato Chip got together and had a baby.....the result being these Jewish Ghetto Style Artichokes (which I have now come to know as Carciofi alla Giuida). Funny enough, this dish was started by Italian Jews (it's almost too coincidental to my background). At Trattoria Dell Arte they served these Carciofi alla Giuida with just a few lemon wedges and it was truly one of the best appetizers I've ever eaten.
So with that, I decided to make this same dish but with a Kimchi Aioli - I know the combo sounds weird, but trust in me, I will not lead you astray.
Fried Artichokes (Carciofi alla Giuida)
Crispy Artichoke Hearts
Sweet, Tangy and Spicy Kimchi Aioli