How to make authentic Italian gnocchi like an Italian nonna. Originating in Northern Italy, gnocchi are Italian dumplings that have been around since Roman times. I love all these recipes. Many Italian regions claim gnocchi as their own. But, although they are more traditional in the North, Italians eat gnocchi throughout the country. The most well-known of these Italian dumplings are prepared using real potatoes . However, there is a huge number of different gnocchi in Italy including those with bread, fresh ricotta, spinach, pumpkin or just semolina flour.