Toronto's Best Gnocchi

Pillows of pasta perfection


Published:

FIRST PLACE

TERRONI, 1095 YONGE ST.

Scarpetta chef Scott Conant loves everything about this dish, down to the “thoughtful” basil garnish. “This transports you to someplace in Italy or your grandparents’ backyard,” he says. Price: $16.50

 

SECOND PLACE

PIZZERIA LIBRETTO 221 OSSINGTON AVE.

This take on the Italian classic features a not-so-traditional oxtail sauce, of which our critic says, “You can tell that this was braised with a deft hand.” Price: $10

 

THIRD PLACE

OREGANO NORTH, 13071 YONGE ST.

Conant was at first wary of this dish, considering Gorgonzola and sun-dried tomatoes too heavy a combo. “I enjoy this much more than I thought I was going to. The flavours are very good,” he says. Price: $14

 

BAR ITALIA, 582 COLLEGE ST.

Most excited about the appearance of this dish, the polite chef tries to conceal his disappointment after tasting it. “The gnocchi are a little heavier than I would want them to be.” Price: $15

 

FABBRICA, 49 KARL FRASER RD.

Conant is impressed with the texture of Fabbrica’s gnocchi, but the sauce “doesn’t pop as far as the flavour combinations go.” He speculates it was overcooked and moves on to the next dish. Price: $20

 

SOTTO IN THE VILLAGE 425 SPADINA RD.

“These are more heavy, along the lines of what’s traditionally expected. I don’t know if it’s necessarily better,” the chef says. He prefers gnocchi to be light and fluffy. Price: $15.95

 

MODUS, 145 KING ST. W.

Conant enjoys this dish from Modus, even though the gnocchi are slightly undercooked. “That’s what happens in kitchens,” he says with empathy for the busy cooks. “The sauce is good.” Price: $19

 

GRAZIE, 9100 JANE ST.

“There’s a good amount of garlic in this sauce,” Chef Conant says of Grazie’s dish. Although “the basil isn’t as fresh and bright” as that used in the winning dish, he still enjoys this one. Price: $14.75

 
 

 
 

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

This Japanese rockabilly bar is pretty peachy-keen

This Japanese rockabilly bar is pretty peachy-keen

Boasting retro tunes and sake cocktails, Black Dice Cafe is in a league of its own
Posted 15 hours ago
First Look: Wood-fired cooking and a Mediterranean focus on fresh seafood set the tone at Estia

First Look: Wood-fired cooking and a Mediterranean focus on fresh seafood set the tone at Estia

Estia, located in the former NAO Steakhouse space on Avenue Road, is the latest restaurant in the ICONINK collection. When asked why the change of concept was made, Director of Operations Christina Kuypers says “peoples' lifestyles are changing; people are eating out more frequently at places with more diverse offerings.”
Posted 5 days ago
Anthony Rose in the process of selling the Swan on Queen West

Anthony Rose in the process of selling the Swan on Queen West

Veteran Toronto restaurateur, Glenn Dueck is in the process of buying the restaurant formerly known as the Swan from Anthony Rose and his partners.
Posted 6 days ago
Right on 'cue

Right on 'cue

Posted 1 week ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module