Italian dumplings (7)
I believe the answer is:
'italian dumplings' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)
This is the entire clue.
(Other definitions for gnocchi that I've seen before include "Italian dumpling made of potato, flour or semolina" , "starters!" , "that is eaten" , "2 [PASTA]" , "Pasta or potato dumplings" .)