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Aug 17, 2007 07:05 PM

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 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.