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schmave717 Nov 29, 2008 04:25 PM

OK, so my wife, two boys and I just got back from Gnocchi, a BYO place on Passyunk Ave. between Bainbridge and South.

The experience and the food were OK except for, you guessed it, the gnocchi. Didn't have that hand-rolled feeling of a lot of places, more like someone had chopped a long log into pieces. We had three different kinds, pumpkin, spinach and classic, and none of us liked it much (although I thought the red sauce on the classic was pretty good.

Anyway, it got me thinking: if a restaurant named Gnocchi doesn't have the best gnocchi in town, who does?

(We once went to a place on South Broad around Tasker, but can't remember the name. I thought they had out of this world gnocchi but haven't been back in awhile.)

Anyway - what are YOUR favorite places for gnocchi?

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    PhillyA RE: schmave717 Nov 30, 2008 09:13 AM


    1. mschow RE: schmave717 Nov 30, 2008 12:37 PM

      do a search on this board. This topic was covered in the last 2 months. Many suggestions for great gnocchi were given.

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        JCap RE: schmave717 Nov 30, 2008 06:19 PM

        Vetri- spinach gnocchi with brown butter and ricotta salata.

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          Bigley9 RE: schmave717 Dec 1, 2008 10:13 AM

          cucina forte (if I can't get to Vetri)

          1. PattiCakes RE: schmave717 Dec 1, 2008 12:22 PM

            I can tell you where NOT to go. My sis went to Allison II, in Ft. Washington this weekend & had their gnocchi & scallop appetizer. Yuck. The dough had been rolled into a log, then just cut into flat round lumps. No finesse, not a very good taste.

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              KateForbes RE: schmave717 Dec 2, 2008 11:55 AM


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                ken from conshy RE: schmave717 Dec 3, 2008 01:24 PM

                Roberto's formerly Fingers in Erdenheim (Bethelhem Pike just past Chestnut Hill. There for lunch today. They have hand made gnocchi on the menu. I ordered the salmon burger. I expected reconstituted salmon ala Trader Joe's or a croquette. Wrong!. It was a piece of real fish on a bun. $7.99 Thus, the gnocchi is worth a try, Nice people and good service

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                  Elaine RE: schmave717 Dec 3, 2008 03:36 PM

                  Hosteria Da Elio for ricotta gnocci.

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                    missfunkysoul RE: schmave717 Dec 4, 2008 02:23 PM

                    bistro 7 - YUM

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                      drjane RE: schmave717 Dec 11, 2008 01:44 PM

                      The best gnocchi in Philadelphia aren't in Philadelphia, they're in Collingswood, at Nunzio Ristorante Rustico. Nunzio Patruno, the chef-owner, used to be the chef at Monte Carlo Living Room on South Street. His gnocchi are amazing. A bonus is that it's a BYO. You can request a pasta sampler, with gnocchi being on of the choices--wonderful.

                      Second choice would be Franco's Trattoria, in East Falls (Kelly Drive where Route 1 crosses over). Franco Faggi is a former wine importer who helped Nunzio on weekends, then opened his own place, and snagged some of the staff from Monte Carlo when they closed. His gnocchi are a close second to Nunzio's.

                      Buon Appetito!

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                        truman RE: drjane Dec 27, 2008 07:00 AM

                        I second the motion on Nunzio's gnocchi... mmm.... oh, and the rest of their food was really good too. :)

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                        byobqueen RE: schmave717 Dec 14, 2008 05:41 PM

                        In my opinion, the absolute best gnocchi in Philly is from Pesto, a place on Broad and Mifflin. The place I think you're thinking of is Fraco and Luigi's (I think they changed the name now to High Note Cafe) which is on Broad and Tasker. I love that place but haven't had their gnocchi. Anyway, Pesto has AMAZING pesto gnocchi--out of this world gnocchi and the best pesto sauce I've ever tasted. The prices are reasonable and the service is nice too. It's one of my fave restaurants in Philly.

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                          PattiCakes RE: byobqueen Dec 15, 2008 05:32 AM

                          I have heard very good things about Pesto as well. We are in love with Scannicchio's, at Broad and Porter (very close to Pesto), and haven't gotten to the point where we want to make the jump to the other side of the street yet. I do want to try Pesto, though.....

                        2. CindyJ RE: schmave717 Dec 15, 2008 06:24 AM

                          I'm not a gnocchi maven, but I can tell you that the gnocchi at Cucina Forte are sublime.

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                            jellymelly RE: schmave717 Dec 22, 2008 11:39 PM

                            branzino is also worthwhile. i haven't had it in a while, but i've always found it very light for gnocchi. it pretty much melts in your mouth. if you do end up going there, make sure you get the mussels as an appetizer too.

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