It’s well known that gnocchi is the irrefutable alpha when it comes to pasta dishes.
Think pillowy softness, melt in your mouth, buttery goodness. Yep, gnocchi is the best of potatoes and the best of pasta in an absolutely holy union.
When you’re in the mood for a glorious food coma, work your way through this list. Here’s every place worth hitting up for the best gnocchi dishes in Sydney.
Il Baretto is cash only, BYO, its specials are written on butchers paper and for the last 20 years they’ve been churning out one of Sydney’s best bowls of gnocchi. Homemade and with a choice of gorgonzola, pesto, arrabbiata or bolognese, the servings here are generous and through some fairy floss-esque witchcraft, the gnocchi literally melts in your mouth. Confirmed: this is gnocchi that your Nonna would approve of.
Russo & Russo
This tiny Enmore restaurant is one of a kind. With holiday snaps and kitschy paintings adorning the walls, the restaurant pays homage to a wave of Italian immigrants like the Russo family that made Sydney their home in the 1970s. Russo & Russo’s house-made gnocchi cacio e pepe is an absolute game-changer. Think pillows of goodness dressed in egg yolk, guanciale and parmesan.
Buffalo Dining Club
As the name suggests the Buffalo Dining Club is famous for facilitating Sydney’s addiction to all things buffalo cheese and with their buffalo ricotta gnocchi, it’s out to enable anyone’s gnocchi addiction too. The plush pasta is incredibly more-ish and creamy.
Vino E Cucina
Vino e Cucina will have you thinking you’re in Italy. This gem is tucked inside a homey terrace house and is studded with tables overlayed with checked table cloths.i. The staple gnocchi here is salt-baked potato gnocchi with taleggio, gorgonzola, radicchio and hazelnuts. It’s a super rich feast but it’s also so damn tasty that you won’t be able to stop yourself from finishing the bowl and maybe licking the plate.
Salt Meats Cheese
Italian go-to Salt Meats Cheese has hit it out of the park with its new special on gnocchi. Each Thursday the good folks at Salt Meats Cheese are serving up nearly a kilo of gnocchi with your choice of sorrentina, quattro formaggi or lamb ragu. These servings are massive and are designed to be shared between two or more people (unless you’re the sort of absolute legend who thinks they can smash a kilo of gnocchi on their own). A perfect addition to the ‘Gram, the gnocchi is served in its own pan and is absolutely delish.
The Italian Bowl
Don’t be deterred by the queue, the folks at The Italian Bowl have pasta production down to a science. The menu is simple. They have seven pasta choices including an absolutely sublime potato gnocchi and 18 sauce options to go hard on.
This Newport eatery was originally opened by chef Alessandro Pavoni from Mosman’s Ormeggio. The gnocco verde turns traditional gnocchi expectations on its head so brace your bodies for homemade broccoli gnocchi paired with broccoli puree, lemon, broccolini and garlic crumble.
This hidden staple is home to not one but two of the best gnocchi dishes in Sydney. At Il Grappolo, it’s all about the home-made potato gnocchi Napoletana and gnocchi gorgonzola (an absolute winner with sautéed radicchio and walnuts). Plus, Il Grappolo is BYO which is an absolute win in our books.
Barbetta is just straight up gorgeous. Run by brothers Anthony, Joe and Carmelo of Cipri fame, Barbetta is all about giving you a taste of La Dolce Vita and if you ask us, the pathway to La Dolce Vita is lined with gnocchi. The lunch and dinner menu features two next level takes on the standout pasta dish. During the day, there’s a gnocchi with truffle mushroom ragu, which is rich and delicious and might leave you needing a post-lunch siesta. At dinner, the bowls of gnocchi are wonderfully cheesy with gratinated gorgonzola, parmesan fondue and walnuts.
The Italian in Willoughby set out on a quest to find the best gnocchi recipe and after extensively documenting their process – they’ve found it. Put these gnocchi experts to the test by ordering their house-made gnocchi sorrentina which is woodfired in terracotta making it exceptionally Instagram-worthy and stacked with tomato, basil and mozzarella
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Image credit: Laura Stolfi.