Gnocchi, the pasta from heaven. Pillow soft and as fluffy as your childhood bunny, gnocchi comes in plenty of forms across Melbourne. Here are some of our favourites.
Grossi Cellar Bar
The little sister of Grossi Florentino upstairs, the Grossi Cellar Bar is all about casual café dining. Gnocchi is simply served with San Marzano tomatoes and basil, but with flavours like this, you won’t want (or need) anything more.
Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an institution on Bourke Street. Filled with character and loyal regulars, expect no-frills, Nonna-style Italian. Every Friday, the team dishes out freshly-made gnocchi served with chunky bread to mop up leftover sauce.
At Seasons Provedore, authentic, honest Italian sauces are paired with hand-made gnocchi and delicate ribbons of pappardelle. Choose between having your gnocchi pan-fried and tossed with butter and sage, or served with slow-cooked Napoli sauce. For a richer dish, try the gnocchi served with porcini mushroom and Italian diced pancetta.
When a rustic, boutique Italian restaurant is booked out most nights of the week, they’re obviously doing something right. Tipo 00‘s delicate ‘gnocchi di patate’ with braised duck, porcini mushroom and pecorino is a melt-in-your-mouth winner.
Avoid the foodie equivalent of Sophie’s Choice at Donnini’s Restaurant. The ‘tris di pasta donnini’, or selection of three, includes their famous gnocchi, creamy tortellini and tagliatelle with ragu. The gnocchi is tossed through San Marzano tomatoes and basil in the ‘gnocchi al pomodoro semplic’. Make sure to take some fresh, hand-made gnocchi home for (and when) the next gnocchi craving hits.
If you like your gnocchi with stunning views of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River and the city skyline, look no further than The Deck in Southbank. Their traditional Italian-style gnocchi all sorrentina is the best reason we can think of to leave your desk at lunchtime. It’s part of their weekdays ‘pasta + espresso’ menu.
Look out for Lupino‘s neon red fox along Little Collins Street. A chic, modern Italian bistro with polished floors and open brick, the plate of ricotta gnocchi is a highlight. It’s served with light pomodoro and buffalo mozzarella.
A neighbourhood favourite in Kensington, Local Folk‘s breakfast gnocchi is the perfect Sunday starter. Pumpkin chive gnocchi, hearty and house-made, is served with bacon, mushrooms, haloumi, fried egg and sour cream.