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Homestyle gnocchi in Baltimore area?

BaltoPhilFood Dec 20, 2007 06:09 AM

Looking for the closest you can get to Nonna's gnocchis, light and delicate...but at this point I would settle for any other well-cooked homemade pasta in Baltimore...not frozen or chewy like you find in most "authentic Italian" restaurants. Appreciate any help!

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    KAZ RE: BaltoPhilFood Dec 20, 2007 06:32 AM

    La Tavola has the best fresh pasta that I've found. They make it every day. Not sure if good homemade pasta equals good homemade gnocchi, but it might be a place to start looking.

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      venera RE: BaltoPhilFood Dec 20, 2007 10:22 AM

      The gnocchi I had as an app at Trattoria Alberto in Glen Burnie were nothing short of exquisite. They are not on the menu regularly, however, only as a special of the day. So call ahead to see whether they'll be offered that night.

      Definitely homemade. The best gnocchi I've had in Bawlmer, and I've had it in a lot of places here. No one comes close to what I've had at Alberto's.

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        kelarry RE: venera Dec 20, 2007 07:38 PM

        pazza luna in locust point, or ixia

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          wawajb RE: venera Feb 8, 2008 07:37 AM

          Bumping an oldish post to say...yeah, what Venera said. Had the gnocchi last night at Trattoria Alberto and they were AMAZING. Soft and tender in a creamy gorgonzola sauce. I'm not a Gnocchi expert or anything, but these blew away anything I've had before.

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            venera RE: wawajb Feb 10, 2008 08:08 PM

            I'm so glad you enjoyed them! And thank you for affirming my opinion. I am thinking of going back for a nice meal there soon. Any other standouts from your dinner last night?

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              wawajb RE: venera Feb 11, 2008 04:41 AM

              You know...now that I think of it, there was a surprising lack of food conversation during dinner so I'm not sure what everybody else thought of their food. (except that they were enjoying it since it disappeared pretty quickly) Sorry I can't be more helpful.

              I had the monkfish, which was good, but not amazing. And the tiramisu which was great. Light and airy while still rich.

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          sylsyrf RE: BaltoPhilFood Dec 21, 2007 08:22 PM

          La Tavola definitely...

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            bnemes3343 RE: sylsyrf Feb 11, 2008 05:34 AM

            Funny, but we had lunch at La Tavola yesterday and my daughter had the gnocchi (in a basil sauce). I only tried a couple, but they were quite good. Very light and cloudlike, if a bit over-sauced. My wife's agnolotti was also quite good. And while the price doesn't make the food actually taste better, at about $14 per dish, a bargain. The mussel app was wonderful - very tender and flavorful with a wonderful broth.

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            pigtowner RE: BaltoPhilFood Dec 23, 2007 08:45 AM

            I was just at Ceriello's in Belvedere Square market yesterday and noticed that they have bags of homemade-looking gnocchi for purchase, they had like 3 or 4 different colors/flavors. Not sure if they're any good, I've never tried any of their take-away pastas. But everything else I've gotten there is yummy.

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              pommedeterre RE: BaltoPhilFood Dec 23, 2007 10:18 AM

              venera, pazza luna is now new owners. is it still good?

              ceriello's pasta (and take out goodies) are really good. i highly recommend 'em. but i don't know about the gnocchi.

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                tennisgal1206 RE: pommedeterre Jan 23, 2008 10:58 AM

                Went to Pazza Luna last month and was extremely pleased. A large group of us went and we were seated at the table to the right of the entrance, in a room that looks like the dining room of a house. Very cozy. I actually loved the huge wood table, I felt like I was in someone's home. The service was excellent. I had been to Pazza Luna before, under Kim Acton's ownership, and garlic permeated the menu....the food was good, but you better like garlic!

                The new menu, under Ricardo Bosio, is the perfect size. There is a great selection of antipasti, primi and secondi. We started with the fritto misto which was a delicious combination of calamari and shrimp, and I loved the fennel. I had the Salmon Siciliana - salmon with a white wine fresh tomato-caper sauce. It was incredible. The sauce was perfect. Friends got a variety of pastas so I got to sample theirs as well. The Casoncelli (pasta filled with pork, beef and lamb) was divine, as was the fettucine with rosemary, sausage and arugula.

                In all, I am really impressed with what the new owners have done. The night we were there, they were packed. The decor thank god is much better as well!!

              2. poached RE: BaltoPhilFood Feb 9, 2008 04:59 PM

                My favorite gnocchi dish in the city is the shrimp and gnocchi at B in Bolton Hill

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