I have to be honest, when I got this question I didn’t know what cardoon was. As it turns out, it is from the same family as the artichoke and is sometimes known as the “artichoke thistle.” The Italian connection comes from the Abruzzi region of Italy, where it is part of a traditional Christmas soup.
Unfortunately this is not a product that we carry. From what I can tell, it is typically sold as a fresh cut vegetable, when it is sold at all, which is seldom. I called five area markets to see if anyone had it, and mostly got confused voices on the phone. Zagara’s was the only place that claimed to carry it, and they were out of stock at the time of my call.
Your Friends at Gallucci’s