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Where can I get fresh gnocchi?

I'm craving some, and I think I can probably get them at Whole Foods or the Divine Pasta Co., but I'm wondering if anyone has a special recommendation?

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  1. if you want to eat at a restaurant, La Buca. there have been varied responses to the gnocchi at la buca on these boards, but I've had the dish with every sauce option maybe a dozen times each (the place is around the corner from me) and while on occasion there's an off night, mostly the gnocchi is amazing. I especially like the fumé sauce.

    La Buca is on Melrose between Wilton and Van Ness.

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    1. re: olivethegreat

      Interesting...lately my experience has been the opposite...the gnocchi has been overcooked and oversauced...a real "sin" to this Italian boy...in the past, the quality was excellent...I am afraid Mama's influence in the kitchen is diminishing!

      1. re: TravelPath

        They are busier than they can handle, sometimes. And I have also occasionally experienced the overcooked gnochhi (which becomes glue-like in texture). But I have never had a problem with it being oversauced. Usually there is a lot of restraint in that area.

        For some other decent but totally not-authentic-but-more-american-style Italian, I like Al Gelato on Robertson. They have gnocchi that's pretty tasty with either red sauce or pesto. oversauced (and the red sauce is really sweet) but it's delicious in its own, non-traditional way.

      2. re: olivethegreat

        Concur on La Buca, pretty great stuff. Usually.

      3. Topanga Pizza on Ventura Blvd.

        Massimo in BH


        Bay Cities Deli


        Some days, the Pasta Connection in Orange

        1. Spomoni on Ventura Bl in Sherman Oaks


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          1. re: mar52

            Mmmmm, yum.... definitely second Spumoni's gnocchi.

            If you're looking for the dumplings so you can cook and sauce them yourself, Claro's has them.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Don't mean to hijack, but I just tried Spumoni's for the first time (not the gnocchi though), and it seemed like the pasta was not made fresh. Any idea? I should have asked them.

              1. re: krez

                I don't know if the pasta is fresh there... I agree, I don't think so, but honestly I get the same thing every time I go, which is the fantastic calamari appetizer (get extra bread, you'll need it) and the sublime gnocchi.

          2. The best gnocchi I had ever had was at Angelli Cafe on Melrose. Evan is a master at making these little morsels..

            1. jiraffe in santa monica used to have really nice gnocchi, I'm not sure if it is on the menu now.

              1. We have had some really good gnocci at Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd. across from Borders Books (two or three blocks south of Wilshire Blvd. on the west side of the street).


                1. Not sure where you live, but I think I've seen some at Blue Table in Calabasas. They have a range of frozen pastas there which I believe they make at the restaurant. I have not tried it though.

                  Blue Table
                  4774 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302

                  1. Might surprise some folks, but, currently for seasonal reasons, the Village Idiot on Melrose has a fabuluous gnocchi. Freshly made, light, terrific and restrained saucing, and out of the world fresh peas. It is one of their 'small dishes' but an ample serving if accompanied by a starter or salad.

                    1. I really like Vivoli in West Hollywood. Kind of hit and miss for the other dishes, but worth coming back for the gnocchi. Can't beat the cheap valet too (something like 2 bucks?).

                      7994 Sunset Blvd. (Laurel Ave.)
                      West Hollywood, CA 90046
                      (323) 656-5050