We celebrated a very special birthday this week. It reminded me of a similar dish I always ordered at Villa Paolo in Milner Street, Pretoria, who can remember that little Italian gem? I know gnocchi can sound intimidating but this is super easy and quick and the arrabbiata sauce (spicy tomato sauce) is also finished in a flash.
Your dish is only as good as the quality of the ingredients but quality does not mean expensive. Buying ingredients from artisan producers makes such a difference in the overall flavour of your dish. Sourcing local handmade products and produce makes so much sense, by buying from local producers you are supporting the local economy and trade.
Try local parmesan alternatives and locally made soft Italian cheeses like mascarpone and ricotta.