Most gnocchi are shaped on the tines of a fork to form ridges that help them cook evenly and capture the sauce. I have a gadget I bought in Italy called a riga gnocchi, a small piece of wood with narrow grooves that serves the same purpose as the fork by making ridges in the gnocchi.
Gnocchi means "lumps," and if you have ever had badly made gnocchi, you will know why. But light gnocchi are not difficult to make.
From "1,000 Italian Recipes." Copyright 2004 by Michele Scicolone. Used with permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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