April 18, 2009

Lessons at the Market- Pinzimonio


Teachers: The Vegetable Ladies, upstairs at the San Lorenzo Market

60 years at the market.... WOW....

Pinzimonio is the way raw vegetables are eaten in Tuscany. It can be ordered as a vegetarian main course or sometimes served as a starter.

Sister-in-laws, they are always together in work and out. The shorter woman is obviously in command!

Pinzimonio is one of the easiest recipes in Tuscany.Fresh raw seasonal vegetables - the best extra virgin olive oil and salt.( possible the addition of vinegar in the dipping oil, red wine not balsamic)


Put a small amount of extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl.

Season with salt ( optional: pepper and red wine vinegar)

Prepare raw vegetables, traditionally we use:

raw artichokes, as in the video, she pulls off the leaves and dips eating only the white part.

I was taught to trim the chokes to eat all the of the tender choke, using the younger artichokes which also have no purple choke. See foto on my site.

Fennel, carrots and celery are also used.

I like radishes too.

Every trip to the market is a lesson for me, learning from the masters.... of the Italian way.

From Leo, who has since retired, how to clean artichokes and other recipes for them.

My mother-in-law Tina's Fried Artichokes and Leo's Preserved Artichokes


  1. Thank you for posting this wonderful video! I was just leaving to go to our farmers' market to buy artichokes for a starter and have decided to serve them just like this. I am proud to say I actually understood her-wow!

  2. I loved the video! I studied at SUF last year and enjoyed seeing the familiar scene of San Lorenzo and especially hearing some real Italian again! Thank you, thank you. I'll be ordering your book soon.

  3. Mmm! That sounds so good!! I like to steam the artichokes and make a buttery garlic sauce to dip them in...it's delicious. But that sounds wonderful as well! I will have to try it!

  4. I loved this video! Thanks for posting it! I so miss Italy and the great markets.

  5. Ciao, Judi ... loved seeing the video of the cognate. Can't wait for the veggie vendors to get back into the piazza.

  6. Hi Judy,
    Love, love, love the video. Please keep them coming. I think that should be your next project - a documentary of all the "Friends of Judy" at the market.

    P.S. Finally ordered your cookbook today - can't wait to get it!

  7. I actually love this dip (I use pepper and vinegar). When I grow up I want to be an old Italian vegetable lady. Thanks for the vido!

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  9. i'm so happy to find your web-site and blog.
    we are staying in certaldo alto starting may 6 till may 24.
    i'm a raw and living food eater so the markets are heaven for me. i did not know you could eat raw artichokes and thrilled to find out you can. i'm a foodie and have learned new and healthy ways to eat since going raw. we will be traveling in italy for 6 weeks. if you know any raw food ideas, i would like to promote you on my new facebook group. grazie, mimi