Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers unveils Australia’s first dedicated gnoccheria in Paddington
Has 2016 got you gnocched down? Well it’s time to get up again. In possibly some of the best news we’ve received this year, Australia just gained its first dedicated gnoccheria, and it’s right here in the heart of Paddington. If pillowy clouds of potato gnocchi floating in pools of authentic Italian sauce is your jam, then get up, dust yourself off and make tracks to Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers.
For the past 18 months Ben Cleary-Corradini and Theo Roduner have been causing a stir at local markets with their thriving Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers operation. Drawing inspiration from their Italian-Australian heritage, Ben (founder of Italian food importer Benfatti Fine Italian Foods) and Theo (head chef of Grappino) united over a vision of offering restaurant-quality takeaway, settling on fluffy and light gnocchi as their chief focus. Brisbane foodies went berserk and soon the duo decided to scale up their operation with a specialty bricks-and-mortar location. After much anticipation, Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers has opened Australia’s first dedicated gnoccheria on Given Terrace in Paddington. With input from Ben and Theo’s fathers (nicknamed Big Steve and Don Freddy respectively), the team has created an authentic family-operated eatery that specialises in perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi, paired with delectable sides and decadent desserts.
The pulse-quickening menu is concise but packed with authentic Italian flavours, from sides such as deep-fried mince-stuffed olives to thick-cut potato chips with truffle salt and aioli to the six kinds of gnocchi available. Vegetarians and carnivores are catered to equally, with heapings of gnocchi served with sauces such as mild mushroom and truffle sauce, Genovese-style pesto, slow-cooked duck ragu and with spicy cherry tomato and black olive sauce. All sauces are made in house, potatoes are sourced directly from farmers and other goods are selected from Italian producers. Every week the eatery will be offering specials for Fat Gnocchi Monday and will soon plate up gluten-free varieties. The dessert cabinet will have you exclaiming ‘holy cannoli’ at the selection, which includes vanilla-bean panna cotta, Italian tiramisu and cannoli. Gnocchi Gnocchi Brothers is currently BYO, but expect an offering of Italian reds and whites in the near future.
You don’t need to wait until you are gnocch gnocch gnocching on heaven’s door for out-of-this-world gnocchi. Simply click over to the Stumble Guide for location details and opening hours.
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