What is Gnocchi alla Romana?
Before the classic potato gnocchi existed, there was gnocchi alla Romana (Roman-style gnocchi), which are made from semolina wheat, butter, egg yolks and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. The dough is cut into disks, layered in a pan and roasted in more butter and more cheese, yes please! This is a very regional recipe that you will most likely only find in Rome, so this is your chance to try this unique dish. It is a Roman tradition to serve gnocchi on Thursdays, and is a still-standing custom in some restaurants.
Best Gnocchi alla Romana in Rome
La Matricianella has been serving up hearty Roman dishes since 1957 with an emphasis on fried foods like artichokes alla giudia, zucchini flowers, baccalà and its pasta dishes like carbonara and gnocchi alla Romana. The restaurant gets packed at lunch and dinner so reserving a table is essential.