There are 101 types of gnocchis. For example, the Tuscan malfatti (literally “poorly made”) are a sort of flour, ricotta and spinach gnocchi; the Pugliese cavatielli are flour-based, gnudi have much less flour, and so on.

Gnocchi are eaten as a first course (primo piatto), as an alternative to soups (minestre) or pasta. They are generally home-made in Italian and diaspora Italian households. Common accompaniments of gnocchi include melted butter with sage, pesto, tartuffo and various sauces