Fresh Filled Cannoli in Queens
My bf and I have accidentally stumbled upon this place in Middle Village yesterday. In the middle of all residential neighborhood (one side of a street is a cemetery) there was this standalone hand-painted sign 'Anna Mia's Fresh Hand filled Cannoli' or something like that in front of what it looked like a one-family home. The sign also claimed it was the 'Best'. We decided to see if it was. I had cannoli and my boyfriend had a cheese danish (they had apple ones too). My cannoli was in a thin waffle filled (right in front of me) with ricotta cream, very little sugar just perfect, dusted with pistachios (you could opt out if you're not into nuts). Mmmm... My bf's cheese danish was also filled with ricotta with a tiny hint of sugar, on a very thin pastry. so good.
They also had tiramisu, cookies and other pastries. They operate mostly, my understanding is, by telephone orders and on Saturdays open the store for retail (10am to 6pm). They also make three-cheese cheesecake (they didn't have it at that time, I'm having it next time) and angelfood cake and many more. Two ladies operating the store are very nice and made us feel welcome instantly (we were obviously out of place in that neighborhood where they greeted their customers by names). They also serve coffee - freshly brewed to order, and have like three tables with chairs. The place is a bit of a trek from subway, but is so worth it (Q67 bus runs right in front of them, or you can get Q18 from woodside and walk like 10 blocks from Grand ave).
61-55 69th St.
just wanted to chime in about anna mia's. i finally made it there today after reading welle's review (as well as the one by annie from a while back) and was really impressed. awesome cannolis and cupcakes. the brownies and tiramisu were very good, too, but didn't quite reach the level of the other two desserts, if only because the bar was set so high.
didn't get to try the cheesecake or danishes, though - they weren't available when i showed up in the morning. they told me that if i returned later in the day (or placed an order in advance) i could pick some up, but unfortunately i was busy and couldn't make it back. next time.
anyhow, back to those cannolis. wow. when i placed my order, the lady at the counter asked, "when are you going to be eating these?" i responded, "soon, maybe in the next half hour."
her answer: "you know what? i'd rather not fill these right now, since they're best when they're freshly filled."
so she gave me empty cannoli shells in one box, separate from the BIG tube of cream filling. she instructed me to fill the cannolis whenever i felt like it, as long as i kept the filling refrigerated and the shells in a dry place.
the thing is, the quality of the ingredients is so good that the cannolis would've tasted fine even if they'd been filled on the spot and consumed later. but i really appreciated their attention to detail as well as the homey, mom-and-pop feel of the operation. it really seemed as if i'd gone back to my childhood friend's house for some of his (italian-american) mom's amazing desserts and other food. and in fact, everyone in the place seemed like friends or family of anna mia herself.
I also just stumbled upon this place yesterday when I was doing a bike tour through Queens. I saw the handpainted sign, turned around and decided if someone was so bold to claim it was the "best" cannoli, it had to be tried out.
The cannoli delicious! I never understood much what the thing with cannolis was. But this was very different. The cream was to die for, rich but not too sweet. The waffle was very thin and not soggy at all since the cream is filled right before you eat it. She told me, that when they sell cannolis for take out they sell the necessary items individually, so that you can fill them just before you want to eat them. That's the only way Anna Mia would allow her canollis to be sold.
And the thing was huge. I had trouble finishing it. All for $3. I also took a danish pastry with apples. It was also excellent. Fresh apples, moist and not overcooked, the pastry was light and crisp, no hint of dryness.
Really good. It's a shame it's so far from everything.
Is this the woman who made the cannoli's for Nick's Pizzeria? My friend Ann told me about this place last year and raved about it. She said that one of my old Nick's Pizzzeria restaurant reviews from Queens Ledger was framed and hung up with the cannoli rave review part highlighted.
I've been meaning to go, and if it is the same place I'm sure it is the paradigm of cannoli perfection. Unfortunately I've witnessed too much attitude at Nick's in Forest Hills over the last few years, and so I eschew it for the most part, but those cannolis were sorely missed- totally ethereal!
Thanks for the update. Definitley on my to do list.