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Aug 24, 2007 04:02 PM

Which Restaurant has the Best Gnocchi?

I used to LOVE the gnocchi at Michelangelo's in North Beach, but have been disappointed during recent visits. I also had a fantastic gnocchi dish at Bix many, many years ago (I'm still dreaming about it), but it doesn't seem to be a regular menu item. There are a few other places with decent gnocchi, but I'm wondering if anyone on this Board can point me to truly excellent fresh gnocchi? I don't care for gnocchi drowning in overwhelming, heavy sauces (I can do without the heavy gorgonzola and nut sauces), but do enjoy a little cream (pink sauce is great) or simple carmelized butter sauce. Caffe Delle Stelle also used to serve a nice gnocchi with chicken apple sausage. I'm boycotting the restaurant in protest since they took it off the menu :)

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  1. jardiniere. potato gnocchi with morels, pancetta, parmigiano-reggiano. outstanding.

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    1. re: steve h.

      I'm not one for North Beach Restaurants and when my now fiance took me to Sodini's (on Green St., I believe) for Valentine's Day, I almost regarded it as a deal breaker. That is, until I tasted the gnocchi. Light, fluffy potato pillows, perfect texture and a hint of potatoe-y flavor. You can get them in a cream sauce, pesto sauce or red sauce, but to tell you the truth, they could serve 'em naked and you would still leave the restaurant floating on air.

      1. re: prettypithy

        I tried the Sodini's gnocchi. While I loved the old North Beach vibe of the place, I thought the gnocchi was only "okay." It was a ricotta-stuffed gnocchi, that almost (but not quite) tasted pan-fried as it was VERY firm on the outside. I ordered the Nosel option (meat sauce w/cream), and the sauce was good. It just wasn't a nice, light-as-air, fresh-tasting gnocchi. My dining companion had the penne al forno, which he said was "good" but not great. Same thing with the Caesar salad. Still... I'll probably go back for the bar and the old school atmosphere.

    2. I usually don't order gnocchi, but the best one I've had this year was at Frascati. Ask them to go light on the pepper if you make it there. It was very simple - fresh fava brans, fresh corn and butter.

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      1. re: Mari

        i agree. the gnocchi have been consistently excellent at frascati. i get them every time i go!

      2. The gnocchi at Quince is the best either I or my wife has had. Jardiniere's version was very very good as well; though I think you'll have to wait about a month for those as they're closed for a remodel (sadly, I think, but that's another topic altogether).

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        1. re: ccbweb

          Oh how depressing...I LOVE gnocchi and was so eager to try it at Quince, but the night we were there must have been an off night because the gnocchi was nothing much at all - really just okay. I was so disappointed. Clearly I will have to go back and try again!

        2. Pizza Antica in Lafayette has amazing gnocchi....light and fluffy but crisp on the outside because they pan fry them before serving in a lovely pink sauce and served with arugula

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          1. re: JenM0825

            I'll have to try and get out to Lafayette to try the Pizza Antica gnocchi. The Bix gnocchi that I loved was also light inside, crispy outside. They panfried it in butter.

            1. re: kresge86

              I second the Pizza Antica gnocchi. Pan fried + great sauce = amazing.

          2. Defina or Quince, or the ricotta gnocchi at Zuni.

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            1. re: scenicrec

              Loved the ricotta gnocchi at Zuni. Ethereally light, served piping hot, deliciously creamy sauce. Knockout of a dish the night we had it.

              1. re: nosh

                I'm probably in the minority, but ricotta gnocchi just doesn't seem to do it for me. I tried the Zuni ricotta gnocchi years ago. I thought it was okay, but something about the texture and/or weight of the ricotta gnocchi makes it less yummy to me. Just me. I know others thought it was fabulous.

                1. re: kresge86

                  interesting comment. jardiniere shared their ricotta gnocchi recipe with me (thank you, naomi), but not the potato gnocchi with morels, pancetta, parmigiano-reggiano recipe. don't want to read too much into this. still...

                  let me know if you would like the ricotta recipe and i'll post it on the appropriate board.

                  1. re: steve h.

                    Please do post it on the Home cooking board!