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Best Gnocchi in SF?

LibraGirlDC Jul 23, 2009 01:03 PM

Hi all! I will be in San Fran for a conference starting tomorrow. I plan on checking out farmerbrown, Dosa, and either Millennium or Greens. I was hoping my fellow chowhounds in SF could help me find the Italian restaurant with the best Gnocchi in town. North Beach would be nice but not required. The places I have looked at on yelp are: Firenze, Osteria, Da Flora, Franchino, Ristorante Milano and Frascati.

Thanks in advance!!!

  1. wolfe Jul 23, 2009 01:29 PM

    Here's a vote for Jardiniere. But wolfe that's not Italian. So?

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      saffrongold Jul 23, 2009 01:31 PM

      Da Flora is mind-blowing, I admit I haven't tried the gnocchi at the other places you researched. I prefer the sage to the pancetta, but both are memorable.

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      1. re: saffrongold
        Civil Bear Jul 24, 2009 10:25 AM

        You, I agree. The sweet potato gnocci at Da Flaora is incredible. I just wish the portion was larger!

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          tatertot Jul 24, 2009 11:25 AM

          I haven't tried gnocchi at too many restaurants but I really enjoyed the one at Allegro Romano. It was definitely a guilty pleasure, firm but not too heavy gnocchi with rich gorgonzola sauce. I wouldn't say mind-blowing though. I'll have to try Da Flora next.

          Da Flora
          701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Allegro Romano
          1701 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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        skwid Jul 23, 2009 07:29 PM

        Unfortunately the best gnocchi around here isn't in San Francisco, it is in Oakland at Oliveto. Oliveto is right next to the Rockridge BART station so it is pretty easy to get to from San Francisco.

        Oliveto Cafe
        5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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          Leely2 Jul 23, 2009 08:26 PM

          I love the sweet potato gnocchi at Da Flora. I am not a gnocchi-in-SF expert for many reasons, principal among them that I am no expert, but also because I hate sodden, heavy versions and out of fear rarely order it. Please let us know what you end up trying and if you enjoyed it.

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            pininex Jul 24, 2009 10:57 AM

            If you are looking for a simple gnocchi al pesto, Caesar's can't be beat. Definitely an old-school place that is packed with SF natives on a Friday night.

            Caesar's Italian Restaurant
            2299 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

            1. BernalKC Jul 24, 2009 11:35 AM

              Is there really a "best" gnocchi? To me gnocchi is comfort food, and comfort foods generally are immune to superlatives.

              But my current favorite, based on a limited sampling, is from Valentina Restorante on Cortland St. Not destination worthy, perhaps, but a favorite neighborhood place. Both their pesto and gorganzola versions hit the spot.

              1. Robert Lauriston Jul 24, 2009 12:57 PM

                Zuni. The preparation varies but I think they have gnocchi on the dinner menu every day.

                Zuni Cafe
                1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                1. rworange Aug 9, 2009 05:10 PM

                  So where did you go?

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