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Best gnocchi in Chicago?

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Hi all,
so, I'm curious as to everyone's favorite gnocchi here in Chicago. I've been here almost three years now, and I still haven't found anything to write home about.

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  1. No place is anything to write home about if you can make your own homemade gnocchi. However, I remember having some decent gnocchi on one trip to Chicago at Spiaggia.

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    1. re: markabauman

      I tried the Spiaggia last year, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing..

    2. My favorite are at A Tavola. I do not find the rest of their food as good, but gnocchi is their specialty.

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      1. re: ljero

        Definitely agree here. A Tavola is the place for gnocchi. Cafe Spiaggia 2nd choice but A Tavola light and perfect.

      2. My favorite are at Pasta D'Arte which is located on Milwaukee Ave near Devon. they are homemade and the lightest gnocchi I have had in Chicago to date. They melt in your mouth. I would love for you to try and report back with your review.

        Here is the link to their website and updated menu. I just had the roasted red pepper gnocchi with mushrooms. They also have a gorgonzola cream and walnut version that I have yet to try.


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        1. re: CorinneM1

          wow, that looks amazing..
          I need to get up there and try it soon, thanks!!

          1. The gnocchi I had at Coco Pazzo a couple years ago were wonderful and light.

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            1. re: SuzMiCo

              it's good, but the sauce is too buttery for me..

              1. re: dag16

                They change up the sauce for the gnocchi seasonally, so you might have better luck on a return visit. When I had gnocchi there they were using a light marinara. On their web page right now the menu has gnocchi with mushrooms and oven-dried tomato. I've also seen a boar ragu.

                1. re: SuzMiCo

                  ooh, didn't realize that. The one I had was with mushrooms in a butter sauce, very tasty, but the butter and oil were too much. I'll try to get back there soon and give another gander. Thanks!!

            2. Great question, David. I, too, am a lover of the gnocchi. I would highly recommend the gnudi (similar to gnocchi, but made with cheese instead of potato) at Francesca's Forno in Wicker Park. Not as awesome as the version at the Spotted Pig in NYC, but extremely tasty, nonetheless. Enjoy!

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              1. re: vrollings

                hmm, sounds good too.
                My favorite gnocchi ever was a goat cheese one in Boston (Giacomos in the South End (not the North End version))

              2. Not sure, all I know is that it's NOT Tuscany. I had it there for the first time and thought they were hard and dry. Not a fan!

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                1. So, just to update, we went to Sapori Trattoria on Halsted the other night for dinner.
                  We ordered their gnocchi with their rigatoni sauce.
                  At first, i was not impressed at all, tasted like bad store bought (the sauce was fantastic though). But, after letting it sit for a few mins, it got pretty good, although not great.
                  Now, when I ate the leftovers the next day, I heated it back up and it was amazing: perfect texture and consistency. Maybe it was undercooked originally? They were swamped, so maybe they rushed it? But those leftovers were great.
                  We're going to try Fornellos on Irving Park tonight, so I'll report back.
                  I really want to get up to Pasta Del art though..

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                  1. re: dag16

                    The thing to get is the pesto gnocchi at Sapori Trattoria. My boyfriend and i have been there at least a dozen times or more and he has only gotten that dish. The first time he had it, he instantly fell in love.

                  2. Best I have ever had in Chicago was at Petes Pizza on North Western Ave. Unfortunatly they have since changed their menu and the dish was gone.

                    1. I was wow'd by the gnocchi I had at Terragusto on a visit there. It was truly amazing!

                      1. just in case anyone is still reading this thread, I tried the parmesan stuffed gnocchi at la gondola the other night and it was fantastic, super light and fluffy!

                        1. Barolo has the best gnocchi I have tasted in the Chicago area, Its In Joliet check the following link for more info.


                          1. The version at Spiaggia is truly amazing - too bad the experience at the restaurant as a whole is not.

                            1. Jeez no one has tried Sabatino's on irving park? That's sad they have the best spinach gnocchi.

                              1. I absolutely melted over the gnocchi at Piccolo Sogno (Spinach and potato gnocchi, mushroom, oven dried tomatoes, toasted garlic and herbs). So light, fluffy, tender, just divine!

                                I thought the gnocchi at Cafe Spiaggia (wild boar ragu, Parmigiano Reggiano) was a bit dense and ever-so-slightly tougher. I have not had it at the restaurant (only the cafe) but I am told they share a kitchen.