Gnocci, that potatoe-y, pasta-y, tasty bite, enjoyed in a sauce just-a-like-a-mama-used-to-make-it and sold for your delectation across London is one of everyone’s favourite foods. So delicious it should be a food group of its own, the spuddy dumplings are one of the best things that ever happened in the history of ever, so here’s all the places we disappear every time we need a hit of its starchy goodness.
Think of Venetian and you picture St Peters’, the doges and window blinds, and you also can’t help but taste Venetian cuisine. Well you don’t need to head to Italy for all that, just go to POLPO. Set across various locations, Soho, Notting Hill, Covent Garden, Smithfield and Chelsea, the restaurant serves exquisite gnocchi, try the duck, black olive and tomato ragù with gnocchi.
Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
Freshly made each morning, London Bridge’s Padella is famous for creating some of the capital’s best Italian produce, not least when it comes to gnocchi. With an ever-changing menu, make sure you try their gnocchi, currently served with nutmeg butter or with Italian peas and mint.
Where: 6 Southwark Street, Borough Market, SE1 1TQ
San Carlo Cinccetti; it’s pronounced chi-KET-tee, they’re keen for you to know, but they’re also keen for you to try their gnocchi, because it’s pretty darn good. Currently served as a gnocco fritto (sort of dough sticks), along with prosciutto San Daniele, or else in the form of gnocchi gorgonzola, served in a baked Parmesan basket. With its marble countertop and tables, the Piccadilly restaurant oozes Italian style, making it well worth a visit, if you can beat away the tourists that is.
Where: 215 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 9HL
Marylebone’s Locanda Locatelli has a Michelin star to tell us how good their gnocchi’s going to be. The smart Italian serve the delicacy with wild fennel, red mullet, tomato and black olives, and it’s only one of the many reasons to visit. The decor is supremely elegant, and the cooking is just as exquisite as you’d expect.
Where: 8 Seymour Street, Marylebone, W1H 7JZ
Mele e pere is an independent trattoria and vermouth bar in the heart of Soho serving up Italian dishes that are perfectly complemented by the traditional fortified wine, vermouth. They have the largest collection of vermouth in London, and what better way to enjoy it than with gnocchi. Famous for their truffle gnocchi, this Soho joint’s got it covered.
Where: 46 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9TF