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daves_32 May 12, 2009 05:45 AM

Good morning,
Looking for a rec in the district for the best gnocchi with spring vegetables. I know Elyssa has talked about Proof's gnocchi a lot. Is that the best one in town? Are there any other good ones with the ramps, asparagus, spring peas, etc?
I know that 2941 out here by work has one on the menu. Any other spots?

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    susabella RE: daves_32 May 12, 2009 06:31 AM

    I don't know if Palena has spring vegetables in the gnocchi, but it's the best gnocchi I've ever eaten, ever.

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      daves_32 RE: susabella May 12, 2009 10:21 AM

      Does Palena have gnocchi in the cafe or is it just on the prix fixe?

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        Elyssa RE: daves_32 May 12, 2009 11:14 AM

        In the cafe you can always order anything off of the menu from the dining room. So if it's on the menu that night (and you might want to call before hand to make sure) you can order it.

        I apparently had the gnocchi when I first ate at Palena (over 8 years ago), but don't remember it. But I hear it's out of this world, so clearly I need to try it soon since gnocchi is one of my all time favorite foods.

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          daves_32 RE: Elyssa May 12, 2009 11:20 AM

          Elyssa-
          tell me your favorites!
          I know you like Proof's and Filmona's

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            Elyssa RE: daves_32 May 12, 2009 11:33 AM

            Proof is probably the best I've had of the moderate-to-higher end places.

            I like Filomena for red Italian/more affordable.

            I've never been to Tosca, so I don't know about there's. I remember having a gnocchi dish at Equinox which was nice.

    2. ktmoomau RE: daves_32 May 12, 2009 03:35 PM

      Agreed Palena has the best gnocchi ever... but I don't know what they are currently serving it with.

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        mselectra RE: ktmoomau May 12, 2009 05:47 PM

        A couple weeks ago it was ramps and asparagus and I'm pretty sure morels also, but now I might be mixing up a couple dishes. Did order it a la carte off the tasting menu in the front room.

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          susabella RE: mselectra May 12, 2009 07:14 PM

          I actually ended up going there tonight and the gnocchi was fabulous. It did have the ramps asparagus and morels and came with a browned butter sauce. I shared that with the carpaccio of smoked salmon with imported mozzarella and asparagus focaccia. We each had our own Maine lobster salads which had asparagus and roasted yellow and red beets. For our main course, we each had the Dover Sole. No dessert! It was one hell of a delicious meal.

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            Elyssa RE: mselectra May 13, 2009 06:29 AM

            Do you remember roughly how much the gnocchi at Palena is when you order it a la carte?

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              susabella RE: Elyssa May 13, 2009 06:32 PM

              Sorry, but I don't know how much it is a la carte.

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                daves_32 RE: susabella May 26, 2009 12:09 PM

                I have been out of town off and on for a few weeks...
                are ramps still on menus?

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                  daves_32 RE: daves_32 May 7, 2010 08:58 AM

                  Has anyone seen any stinging nettle gnocchi on menus this spring?

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                    Turkeybone RE: daves_32 May 7, 2010 09:31 PM

                    I work at Brewer's Art in Baltimore, and I can tell you we have stinging nettle gnocchi on the menu.

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                      TomOHaver RE: Turkeybone May 8, 2010 04:22 AM

                      Piola (an international chain) at 1550 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn, has an all-you-can-eat gnocchi special on the 29th of each month.

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