Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It's the 29th of the month and, thus, the day that restaurants in Buenos Aires have gnocchi on the menu, though the word is often spelled in the Spanish manner, ñoquis. The population of BsAs is more than half of Italian descent, and the great food reflects it. Gnocchi are a kind of potato dumpling, in texture very like pasta and served with pasta sauce. They're right tasty. The 29th of the month is a day or two from payday when people are likely to be running a little short; the tradition of serving gnocchi on the 29th came from that. If you have ñoquis on the 29th, you are obliged to leave a few small coins under the plate to show you aren't broke and improvident, but simply like the dish. It's the custom.