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Where to Find the Best Gnocchi in Melbourne

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Updated: 11 September 2017
Traditionally made from Semolina, gnocchi are heavenly pockets of dough served as an alternative to pasta, and while they have garnered a reputation as one of the most troublesome dishes on Masterchef, the following restaurants prove that simplicity and a healthy dose of tradition is key. From porcini mushroom and slow cooked ragù to pan-fried and infused ingredients, these meals would make Italians proud.

Tipo 00

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Named in honour of the finely ground flour used to make pasta, Tipo 00 is a renowned pasta bar owned by chef Andreas Papadakis of Vue de Monde fame, head chef Alberto Fava and managing director, Luke Skidmore. Favourite dishes include squid ink tagliolini, grilled ox tongue, and the black truffle risotto but for a tantalising taste of Italia try the hearty, melt in your mouth gnocchi di patate with braised duck, porcini mushroom and shaved pecorino.

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Rosetta Ristorante

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Opened in 2012, Neil Perry’s Rosetta has maintained its reputation as one of the most sophisticated Italian restaurants in Melbourne. Positioned on the Southbank riverfront, the Iain Halliday-designed dining room seats 120 people, with room for a further 80 diners on the alfresco terrace. Lap up the lavishness with a menu inspired by Perry’s Italian travels. For a taste of Tuscany, order the Gnocchi di Patate with Braised Lamb Shanks.

Gnocchi di papate and Strozzapreti cacio e pepe Beautiful lunch #rosettaristorante Thank you @angelfernandez4420 ❤

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Mon - None:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Sun:
12:01 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Sun:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gemma Simply Italian Pizza & Gnocchi Bar

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Hailing from Naples, Chef Alessandro Bollini is an expert pizza maker whose cozy Carlton restaurant is well-known for two things: pizza and gluten free gnocchi. The extensive menu at Gemma Simply Italian boasts 11 pizzas — all of which are made from dough given 24 hours to rise, which means no bloated stomachs. There is also an entire section of the menu dedicated to Gnocchi with your choice of seven sauces including slow cooked Ragù Napoletano, vegetarian Sorrentina, 4 Formaggi with walnuts and rocket and the seafood dish Allo Scoglio.

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Mon - Thu:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - None:
12:01 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - None:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - None:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - None:
12:01 am - 2:30 pm
Sun - None:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

1889 Cucina Povera

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Translating to ‘poor kitchen’, Cucina Povera captures the essence of humble Puglia cuisine with recipes reminiscent of Nonna’s kitchen. The intimate Fitzroy restaurant specialises in wood fire pizza and handmade pasta, as well as gnocchi. The pillowy cubes are often found on the menu doused in a variety of flavours including Ricotta Gnocchi with Rocket Pesto, Potato and Basil infused Gnocchi, Purple Carrot infused Gnocchi with Lemon Thyme and the delectable Porcini Mushroom Gnocchi.
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Tue - Thu:
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun - None:
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Trotters

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Established with the vision of a traditional Northern Italian trattoria in mind, Trotters has been a favourite in Lygon Street since 1988. Since then, the rustic bistro has evolved and now offers all meals as gluten free. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the homely menu will remind Italians of their mother’s cooking. One much-loved meal is the pan-fried gnocchi with comforting roasted butternut pumpkin, baby spinach and a scattering of pine nuts, drizzled with an amber, burnt sage butter sauce.

Gnocchi — yes please

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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - None:
9:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sun - None:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm