Puntarelle can be thought of as vegetable cousin to chicory. My first try, I was hooked by a marriage of this crisp fennel vegetable with anchovy. It was, no overstatement, divine! And now if I sound like a guy who sports twin toy poodles, so be it. Puntarelle is even fun to say. Try it out loud. Puntarelle! Okay, now I'll shutup and just share that finding a stand selling it at Union Square Farmer's Market, I decided to recreate the Romana style salad which had first inspired my reverie. And so I did. Just sliced thinly, popped into ice water where it curls and crisp and dressed with a anchovy, vinegar, oil and garlic vinaigrette, presto, puntarelle, baby, puntarelle!!!!