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50. Gnocchi "Romana" at Cecconi's

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2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our

favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own,

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50. Gnocchi "Romana" at Cecconi's

The gnocchi "Romana" at Cecconi's ($14) is technically a starter, but the extreme weight of each oversized piece announces a much heavier presence in your stomach than the average appetizer. It's baked in a bisque of gorgonzola cheese, stuffed to the limits with a creamy ricotta, and topped with a bountiful layer of parmesan. Thin leaves of crispy sage are buried beneath that cheesy exterior, and every gnocchi oozes beautifully - enough to communicate that you are eating something exceptionally soft and pliable, but not too much so that all of your cheesy filling spills out on to the plate.

There are many pastas to be admired in Executive Chef Sergio Sigala's kitchen, but the sheer luxury of consuming something so decadent makes this gnocchi our most treasured. Order a crisp glass of white wine to cut the heaviness of the dish; we recommend sharing it among like minded individuals who appreciate the fine art of cheese cuisine.

100 Favorite Dishes

51. Minuta at La Camaronera's The Fish Box
52. Carolina Piggie Platter at Austen's

53. Salted Lime Pie at the Dutch

54. Chicken Parmesan at Vesper

55. Cheese Plate at The Cheese Course

56. Egg Salad BLT at The Daily Creative Food Co.

57. Strawberry Pie at Fireman Derek's World Famous Pies

58. Pork Belly and Clams at Pubbelly Sushi
59. Poached Duck Breast at Rusty Pelican

60. Bacon and Blue at Ms. Cheezious

61. Spicy Scallop Roll at Toni's Sushi Bar
62. Chicken Tikka Masala at Bombay Darbar

63. Empanadas at Go-Go Fresh Food Cafe

64. Gabby's D'Lorean Burger and Tots at the Filling Station and Garage Bar

65. Pear Apple at The Federal
66. Carne Asada Fajitas at Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar

67. Tres Leches at Havana 1957

68. Corn Bread at Peoples Barbecue

69. Truffle Artichoke Soup at Villa Mayfair

70. Portobello Mushroom Sandwich at the Café at Books & Books

71. Grilled Wings at Shuckers Bar & Grill

72. Turkey and Prosciutto With Fresh Mozzarella at La Sandwicherie

73. Creamy Tahini With Hummus at Broken Shaker

74. Kobe Burger at CG Burgers

75. Brie Mozzarella Sticks at the Local

76. Paleta de Elote at La Michoacana Paleteria

77. Strawberry Fields Roll at I Love Sushi

79. Pork Rillettes at Buena Vista Deli

80. Chicken Fricassee at Le Bouchon Du Grove

81. Bacon & Egg Udon at Gigi

82. Wagyu Gunkan at SushiSamba Dromo

83. Grilled Tiger Prawns at Mare Nostrum

84. The Lokal Burger at Lokal

85. Porchetta Sandwich at Salumeria 104

86. Nitro Ice Cream at Haven Gastro-Lounge

87. Red Burger at Red Restaurant

88. Carnitas Torta at Mercadito's Taqueria

89. Bone Marrow Ropa Vieja at Eating House

90. Mushroom-Crusted Grouper at the River Seafood & Oyster Bar

91. Crispy Pork and Onion Salad at Hiro's Yakko-San

92. Moqueca Brazileira at Pearl Restaurant & Lounge

93. Corvina at Edge Steak and Bar

94. Spiked Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

95. Egg Custard Tart With Black Truffles at Philip Ho

96. Soft Pretzels at Mister Collins

97. Serrano Ham Croquettes at Crazy About You

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