It is said Malfatti are a creation of Italian immigrant refugees who escaped the destruction of the San Francisco 1906 earthquake for Napa. NPR.org has an interesting article, “Malfatti, The Dumpling That Became A Napa Valley Legend” by Lisa Morehouse if you are interested in the history.
This is Jeff’s Italian grandmother’s recipe. Malfatti are a spinach and ricotta dumpling similar to gnocchi and oddly are sold at different liquor stores in Napa. For our wedding we taste-tested the malfatti from Val’s Liquors and Lawler’s Liquors, deciding to serve the dumplings from Lawler’s.
They are served with a tomato sauce of your choosing, you can use my recipe for amatriciana. Jeff and I enjoy this dish with our 2019 Gentleman Farmer Napa Valley Red Wine.