Always find it hard to pass up an artichoke...the sign of a true Roman. Castroville, California which I discovered passing through at one time, bills itself as the artichoke capitol of the world (who knew there was one?). They grow millions of them (and don't miss the annual Artichoke Fest). You can get the best baby artichokes there done anyway you like them ( like the fried stuffed ones myself)...and seems there are a million and one ways to serve an artichoke.
Long live the thistle.