We first read about gnocchi day on the menu of an Argentine restaurant, which only serves the dish on the 29th of every month. And since we're still celebrating Escapes Month here at AT and the Kitchn, we thought we'd highlight this delicious tradition from an escape-worthy destination...
Multiple websites offer two reasons for the origin of this holiday, called ñoquis del 29:
1. Italian immigrants brought the tradition with them to Argentina, and the 29th is the day San Pantaleon, a patron saint of Venice, was canonized.
2. Families made gnocchi towards the end of the month, as money was running low and simple ingredients (potato, flour) were all that they had on hand.
Argentines also place money under each dinner plate as a token of prosperity to come. We love any food tradition that gives us a more meaningful reason to eat a favorite dish (other than hunger), and lucky us — we have a package of gnocchi from Buon Italia in our freezer.
These photos are from Emma's recipe for Easy Ricotta Gnocchi, which we think would be an ideal way to celebrate, homemade-style.
Happy Gnocchi Day, everyone!
Related: Recipes for National Pie Day
(Images: Emma Christensen)