My latest new obsession is gnocchi. Ever since having tried it at Basil Pasta Bar, I’ve seriously developed a love for this dish and will order it whenever its available on a menu. Thus, after seeing pictures of the Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi from Marcello Pizzeria, a dish consisting of the aforementioned pasta baked in a four-cheese sauce, I knew that I had to check the place out. The restaurant is one of a number of casual Italian joints located on The Drive. They have a nice space inside, including an open kitchen where you can see their chefs making Neopolitan-style pizza. Since the latter appears to be their specialty (not to mention that I love pizza), I decided to also get a Medium Ai Due Formaggi Pizza in addition to the aforementioned Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi.
Medium Ai Due Formaggi Pizza ($14.95):
This contained tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, salame, baking cheese, and mushrooms. The texture of the crust was quite good, and was very crispy. There was a good amount of toppings at the centre, which were very flavourful. I particularly enjoyed the large blobs of cheese, which although messy to eat, was very rich and flavourful. The edges were less enjoyable however: I found the crust to be completely bland, as if they did not use any salt or other seasoning.
Gnocchi Ai Quattro Formaggi ($16.95):
This contains gnocchi that is baked in a four-cheese sauce. The cheese sauce was very rich and creamy, and had a wonderful pungent flavour (I think they probably had gorgonzola as one of the cheeses). The gnocchi itself had a nice tender texture, and is well-seasoned and tasty on its own. The dish is served piping hot, so be a bit careful when eating: I actually burned my mouth a bit during my first few bites.
I visited Marcello Pizza for their gnocchi, and I was not disappointed. Their pizza is also fairly good, although I did struggle a bit with their strangely bland crust. The service could be improved however; while the staff were quite welcoming, they were a bit disorganized. I noticed them getting confused/mixed up by orders, and I did have to wait for almost 30 minutes to get my pizza. All in all, this isn’t a bad restaurant, but not one that I’d necessarily return to either.