Gnocco – Rustic East Village Italian


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Gnocco was a wonderful surprise for us. Always looking for great places to eat that are on discount dining plans, I found this by searching on Idine. Further research turned up much praise, so we went there a couple of weeks ago and had a memorable meal.  Everyone was seated in the enclosed, heated garden, which has a nice rustic feel.

We shared two starters. The octopus carpaccio was perhaps the best I’ve had of a dish not often seen. The shaved celery and pink peppercorns in lemon vinaigrette added much flavor.  The vitello tonnato, while not quite rivalling what we’ve had in Italy, was nonetheless delicious.  I had the branzino and Stanley the loin lamb chop. Both were perfect, with intricate flavor combinations. To drink, we both had Moretti La Rossa, one of our favorite beers.

For dessert, I had tiramisu and he had vin santo with biscotti.

Service was attentive.  The menu is extensive, and we are looking forward to trying many more dishes, including pizzas and pastas.