Graziella Italian Restaurant: Gnocchi with a twist

Posted on July 27th, 2009 by .

Gnocchi made out of cheese. Really! I first heard about if from my friend Gerry, who’s the concierge at Montreal’s Intercontinental hotel. I had to try it, so I immediately made dinner reservations at Graziella in Old Montreal.
Served in a tomato sauce brimming with fresh cherry tomatoes and asparagus, the gnocchi were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Between bites, I found myself wondering how I’d gone for so many years oblivious to the fact that this dish existed.

Apparently cheese gnocchi is a classic dish from Northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. Wish I had known that when I went to Italy. Oh well, the chef at Graziella (who makes all the pasta by hand) took my tastebuds back to the Old Country anyway. Actually, since the food at this restaurant is so good, I recommend going with a few friends and sharing several dishes, family-style. The strozzapreti white rabbit stew is astounding and the perfectly cooked osso-bucco with risotto is also a must. Oh, and if it wasn’t enough, Graziella also has the magic touch when it comes to dessert. The semifreddo (iced nougat) with pistachio and chocolate did me in.

So thanks for sharing, Gerry. These kinds of tips are always welcome. If any of you readers know of great places for pasta in Montreal, post a comment here. I’m all ears (and stomach).

Graziella
116 McGill, Montreal, H2Y 2E5
www.restaurantgraziella.ca
Business Hours
Monday to Friday
12-3 pm and 6-10 pm
Saturday
6-10 pm

Reservations recommended

Average bill (before tax and tip) for 2 people: $50 for lunch, $100 for dinner

Comments

  1. HELENE

    / Jul 25th

    I went to Montreal last year and had a blast. This summer i am recommending the city to friends who want to see one of the most exciting cities in Canada. You can’t get a bad meal here – like Vancouver, BC.
    I am from Victoria and wish we had better restaurants here. Just not enough and the good ones are very expensive. Vive Montreal!

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