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Best gnocchi

Who offers it? I'm partial to the ones at Angeli but I'd love to hear of other outstanding versions.

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  1. love love love Piccolo Paradiso in Bev Hills. overall great food and service. and love their artichoke hearts app as well.

    also Gjelina. really well done.

    altho i didn't have it, my dining partner enjoyed his when we were at Vinoteque. Port and Stilton sauce IIRC.

    Melisse does a good one, or at least last I was there.

    Years ago, I had a lovely one at Spago, though I can't remember now what was in it, just that it was lovely.

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    1. re: Emme

      The Gjelina gnocchi with ricotta cheese and brown butter is amazing. Little pillows of happiness.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Mmm...yes, those ones at Gjelina are awesome.

      1. I would call to see if they still have it on their menu, but my favorite gnocchi of recent memory was at Bottlerock in Downtown. They were almost panfried, so like perfect little tater tots... absolutely delish!


        1. I haven't been there in a while, but my favorite gnocchi used to be the spinach ones at Girasole in Larchmont. Although we can do good potato ones in brown butter and sage at home, we can't nail the spinach and ricotta ones, they always fall apart, but Girasole was the real deal when it came to that style of gnocchi.

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          1. re: Robert Thornton

            I second those spinach gnocchi at Girasole. Amazing and light as a cloud.

          2. Gnocchi Gorgonzola with Homemade Italian Sausage and Onions at Pina’s Bistro. 2 die 4!

            Pina’s Bistro
            640 West First Street
            Tustin, California 92680
            (714) 730-5442


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            1. re: degustateur

              Another vote for Piccolo Paradiso. Best gnocchi I have ever had in my life.

            2. I am not sure if it is a classic version of gnocci or not since I am just discovering thir deliciousness and my fondness for them, but the ones I got (and promptly ordered 2 orders to go) at Polka were really, really good. Especially with some of that curry they have on the tables. They were wonderful.

              1. Animal. You need to get lucky since this is an item that is rotated in on their small plates list. The ricotta gnocchi with very basic red sauce with basil and good cheese on top is the best gnocchi I've had anywhere. The gnocchi were fluffy, tender, tasty and delightful. Out of the many times I've been to Animal and of all the great dishes that have come from the kitchen this was absolutely fantastic. Everytime I go back and don't see it on the menu I cry, not on the outside but in my heart.

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                1. re: js76wisco

                  Was just at Animal last night and the gnocchi are back on the menu -- Riccota and Goat cheese with a bolognese, and it's OUTSTANDING. If you ever had the polenta with bolognese, it's the same sauce but the gnocchi make it that much better.

                  Drool. I LOVE that place.

                  1. re: a213b

                    Now you are making me hungry. Going to have to try them if they are on the menu next time we go. I am an exception in that I wasn't crazy about the ones at Gjelina. Just a little short on the taste end of the spectrum to me (brown butter sauce). But the guys at Animal have always proved to me that they know how to impart plenty of taste to their food.

                    1. re: a213b

                      Hi a213b,

                      Nice! :) I can't wait to try them; I love pretty much everything else at Animal so I think it should be great. :)

                      1. re: exilekiss

                        Yes, I love this place. It's one of (if not THE) first places I'll take an out-of-towner to, and I've yet to take anyone who did not love it.

                        Sure, there are a couple things that don't necessarily hit on all cylinders, but I am always, always ALWAYS stuffed and thoroughly happy when I leave.

                        Also, I'd recommend right now the Sweetbreads; they were done somewhat like a Picatta, and were fantastic too.

                        1. re: a213b

                          Thanks a213b. I hope they have it on the menu later this week - need to make a trip just for the gnocchi. It's the same exact dish I had a few months back. I'll try the sweetbreads as well.

                  2. I really like the gnocchi at Al Gelato in Beverly Hills. The gnocchi are large and doughy, so they may not be to some people's liking. I also know some people find their red sauce too sweet, but I love it.

                    Spumoni in Sherman Oaks also has an excellent gnocchi. You can choose from several different sauces. I love the bolognese. The price is very reasonable. (The same gnocchi menu can be had at Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd, because Spumoni and Sprazzo used to have the same owners. I haven't been to Sprazzo in a while, but remember the gnocchi being quite good.)

                    1. Pavia restaurant at the Anaheim Hilton served a soft and delicious gnocchi...but this was 10 years ago--would love to know if it still rocks (and how this place is in general).

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                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          So sad, we knew the singer & pianist.

                          What took it's place? (...How long has it been gone?)

                      1. Frozen at Bay Cities. Try the four cheese. Boil them until they all float to the top. Blind taste test--these will beat almost anybody's. They're melt in your mouth, rich, and complex.

                        1. The gnocchi I had at angeli the other day were so mushy. The same texture as the ricotta inside. I was disappointed given it was in Gold's 99 before you die list

                          1. The homemade gnocchi at Pomodoro Trattoria in Westwood is so thick and pillowy and delicious- and the portions are huge. I love it paired with their bolognese sauce. And the sauteed gnocchi with vegetables at Bouchon Bistro has such a great flavor. It's a light dish that's perfect for lunch.