The Gnocchi Puzzle of Buenos Aires

The city dines on the pasta once a month—but why?
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2008 10:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – Most restaurants in Buenos Aires only serve gnocchi on the 29th of the month—but why? Marisa Robertson-Textor scoured the city for answers for Gourmet, and uncovered conflicting accounts. Gnocchi day may be a Genovese tradition, one diner said—or perhaps Uraguayan. Another claimed it is meant to give people luck on payday. “Hardly!” a musician told her. “You’ve just been paid, so who needs luck?"

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Miffed by the mystery tradition, Robertson-Textor vowed to swear off the gnocchi for good. Then the 29th came, and she went to a trendy hotspot for oysters or foie gras. And "there it was: Gnocchi. Was I mad? Did I just plain not know when to quit?" But she couldn't resist. "Laced with crisp bits of morcilla, or blood sausage, the gnocchi were phenomenal." (Read more pasta stories.)

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