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Best gnocchi in Chicago?

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dag16 Feb 11, 2008 09:02 AM

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.
Thoughts?
Thanks!
David

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    markabauman RE: dag16 Feb 11, 2008 09:18 AM

    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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      dag16 RE: markabauman Feb 12, 2008 08:19 AM

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

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      ljero RE: dag16 Feb 11, 2008 09:28 AM

      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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        NDJ RE: ljero Feb 12, 2008 10:53 AM

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

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        CorinneM1 RE: dag16 Feb 11, 2008 10:11 AM

        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.

        http://pastadarte.com/

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          dag16 RE: CorinneM1 Feb 12, 2008 08:24 AM

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

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            ALITIN RE: CorinneM1 Jul 9, 2009 11:24 AM

            Correct link is

            http://www.pastadarte.com/

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            SuzMiCo RE: dag16 Feb 11, 2008 10:28 AM

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

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              dag16 RE: SuzMiCo Feb 12, 2008 08:26 AM

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

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                SuzMiCo RE: dag16 Feb 12, 2008 08:39 AM

                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.

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                  dag16 RE: SuzMiCo Feb 12, 2008 05:16 PM

                  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!!

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              vrollings RE: dag16 Feb 11, 2008 02:22 PM

              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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                dag16 RE: vrollings Feb 12, 2008 05:17 PM

                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. Chew on That RE: dag16 Feb 12, 2008 12:47 PM

                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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                  dag16 RE: Chew on That Feb 12, 2008 05:15 PM

                  ha ha,
                  thanks!!

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                  dag16 RE: dag16 Feb 16, 2008 10:15 AM

                  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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                    nikkiz RE: dag16 Jan 13, 2009 11:01 PM

                    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.

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                    ALITIN RE: dag16 Jan 14, 2009 06:17 AM

                    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. Chargenda RE: dag16 Jul 9, 2009 11:57 AM

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

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                        dag16 RE: dag16 Jan 18, 2010 03:48 PM

                        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!

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                          mcunico RE: dag16 Feb 8, 2010 10:47 AM

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

                          http://www.barolofinedining.com/

                          1. uhockey RE: dag16 Feb 8, 2010 02:57 PM

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

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                              petalcollie RE: dag16 Jun 27, 2013 10:00 AM

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

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                                Bix10 RE: dag16 Jun 29, 2013 07:18 AM

                                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.

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