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The Golden Gnocchi

Don Carlos with Taxi

Buenos Aires, 1955. An Italian immigrant named Luigi opens a nondescript cantina on the corner of Billinghurst and Valentín Gomez in Almagro. Musicians and singers – including tango-singing legend Roberto Goyeneche – begin to gather there. Soccer stars, poets and painters follow. Don Carlos flourishes, but Luigi grows tired of ...

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Gnocchi on the Other Side of the River

Since the 1970s, Argentines – and their Uruguayan neighbors – have used the word ñoqui (“lump” in Italian) to describe public sector employees who only bother to show up for work at the end of the month to pick up their paychecks. To this day, in a mocking celebration of ...

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Salvation and Gnocchi

Your soul is worth more than all the treasures of the world. So concludes Pastor Orlando Loredo’s “God’s Plan for Salvation” brochure, which he handed to me upon dropping me off in front of La Cantina de David for lunch. Pastor Loredo, who drives a cab four days a week, ...

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