THE SPOTTED PIG
314 West 11th Street at Greenwich Street
Ohhh... "Gnudi" means "nude." Okay, that makes sense. These puffy balls of sheep's milk ricotta are basically ravioli filling, without the pasta wrapping. What keeps the mixture together is a coating of semolina flour that forms an almost pasta-like exterior. Unlike gnocchi, I would describe this Italian specialty as truly pillowy in nature. Imagine your fork cutting into the soft and creamy center of a molten ricotta ball that's been cooked in a bath of brown butter and topped with crispy sage and grated Parmesan. You'll want to mop up that savory butter sauce with everything in sight, even by dipping a burger in it, if that's what's on the table.