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Best Cannoli????

Mark Z May 5, 2004 02:35 PM

Where can I find the best Cannoli in Manhattan..... downtown please, but will travel if it is amazing!!!

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    Laura RE: Mark Z May 6, 2004 09:55 AM

    Veniero's. No question. On the corner of 1st and 11th in the east village.

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      Mark RE: Laura May 7, 2004 01:02 AM

      The cannoli at Rocco's on Bleecker Street are pretty good too.

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        J Campisi RE: Mark May 8, 2004 07:47 PM

        Scroll below. There is a great thread on this subject.

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        Avery RE: Laura Aug 12, 2004 11:56 AM

        I've had a cannoli from Veniero's about 10 times and they always have soggy shells and overly lemony filling. Yuck! Ferrera's cannolis are better, the best I've had in NYC, but they are still a poor substitute for the cannoli from Mike's Pastry in Boston's North End.

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          Jonny Pops RE: Avery May 29, 2007 06:54 PM

          Yeah, Veniero's is good for their fruity tarts, pies and so forth. Their cannolis are pretty much a joke.

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            mariestack RE: Avery May 2, 2008 08:42 AM

            Ferrera's is possibly the worst cannoli with the most hype. Soggy shells, poorly flavored and textured filling, just awful. In Brooklyn please head to Mona Lisa on 86 St, or Tastry Pastry on 13th Ave. In Staten Island head to Luigi's Dolceria on Hylan Blvd.

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          LisaM RE: Mark Z May 7, 2004 03:53 PM

          The key to great cannolis is filling them fresh,
          while-u-wait, so that the pastry doesn't get soggy. Had some from Bruno Bakery in the Village a few weeks ago that were sublime.

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            Mark Z RE: LisaM May 14, 2004 12:50 PM

            where is bruno?

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            Jorge RE: Mark Z Jul 24, 2004 10:50 AM

            Tratoria Mulino....5th Ave. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Better than Viniero's, and even better than New Haven.

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              Jonny Pops RE: Mark Z Apr 26, 2007 04:35 PM

              I have yet to find a decent cannoli in Manhattan. I figured they got priced off the island like everything else. The best I've had in NYC are at Egidio in the Arthur Avenue section of The Bronx...but those are still a far cry from Vaccaro's in Baltimore's Little Italy.

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                jackieparis RE: Jonny Pops Apr 27, 2007 04:02 AM

                Check out yesterday's AM NY. There was a whole article of suggestions.

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                  Striver RE: Jonny Pops Apr 30, 2007 05:54 AM

                  Egidio's are not my favorite on Arthur Ave. - at least, not any more. Madonia Bros. fills theirs on the spot and they're very good, but I prefer the pre-filled ones at Morrone's - the shells stay crisp and the filling is excellent. As for "best", it's a misleading question as usual: some folks like their filling a bit more cheesy, some more sweet; some like it firmer, some like it "squishier", etc., etc.

                  A description of what the OP means by "best" would be useful.

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                    scunge RE: Striver May 19, 2007 11:28 AM

                    Has anybody been to Circo's on Knickerbocker ave B'klyn they never moved from the old neighborhood and I've heard they worth the trip in from eastern L.I

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                      nyebaby37 RE: scunge May 31, 2007 08:16 AM

                      La Bella Ferrara on Mott or Mulberry. NOT Ferrara's. GREAT pastries!

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                  lwong74 RE: Mark Z Jul 10, 2007 07:04 PM

                  Fortunatos Bros. in GreenPoint, Brooklyn makes the best, hands down the best Italian Pastry Shop in NY.

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                    empecot RE: lwong74 Aug 2, 2008 12:41 PM

                    Definitely Fortunatos! They are so good! However, I must clarify, it's in Williamsburg off the Lorimer St. stop, not Greenpoint.

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                      LA1PP RE: lwong74 May 8, 2009 10:46 AM

                      I agree, Iwong, I have eaten cannolis from all over the five boroughs including, Ferrera and Venieros and Fotunatos Bros in Greenpoint Brooklyn is my all time favorite:)
                      Do yourself a favor and try one.

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                      brooklyn1966 RE: Mark Z Feb 17, 2008 08:08 PM

                      The best cannoli is to be found in Bklyn at Ferdinando's on Union Street.

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                        Ferdinando212 RE: brooklyn1966 May 2, 2008 07:13 PM

                        Second that! So is their cappuccino. Manhattan ... Veniero's, Rocco's and Cafe Roma on Broome Street. Ferrara's was great about 30 years ago.

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                          Pan RE: Ferdinando212 Apr 14, 2009 09:52 PM

                          I liked Ferrara a lot about 35 years ago, and Veniero's was very good about 20 years ago, not now. I've had too many dry or/and tasteless things from them (including cannoli) to go back. I do like Rocco's - for Manhattan.

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                        acsiii RE: Mark Z Feb 28, 2008 12:28 PM

                        I definitely second Rocco's on Bleecker. They fill to order so the shells remain crisp, and the filling is the best that I've had.

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                          maharani RE: Mark Z Mar 10, 2008 09:20 PM

                          Agree that the key to sublime cannoli is filling them fresh. Have had the ones from Veniero's, Ferrara's, and Mike's in Boston, and of the three Veniero's were the soggiest (especially late at night when they've been sitting for a while -- stay away). Ferrara's is reliably good, but there's a little bakery right down the block from there that I forget the name of, which was amazing. Still, for fresh filling, make the trek to La Contessa in Boston's Davis Square - an old school family run place that reminds me of the places I grew up near. My family is so addicted, we do drive-by's through Davis just to pick them up, sending one person inside to get them while the others await hungrily in the car. Needless to say, the cannoli never make it home.

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                            dougnash RE: maharani Mar 21, 2008 12:58 PM

                            +1 for Madonia Brothers on Arthur Ave

                            filled while u wait

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                            Alan72 RE: Mark Z Apr 2, 2008 08:29 PM

                            well this is an old post, but I really liked the cannolis I've had from Pizza Italia. downtown on Stone St. Great pizza. the cannoli's are freshly prepared and homemade. A crispy shell bursting with delicious filling. really good.

                            1. Travels4Food RE: Mark Z Apr 20, 2008 08:18 PM

                              Make that +2 for Madonia Brothers. I've bought a bag of the filling and made a cake with it, I love it so much. The ultimate cannoli filling, imho.

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                                sushiman RE: Mark Z Aug 2, 2008 12:09 PM

                                At Ballato restaurant.

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                                  thefoodbully RE: sushiman Aug 3, 2008 06:25 PM

                                  NYC- Agree Veniero's.
                                  Arthur Avenue- Delillo's
                                  Best in Boston- Modern Bakery on Hanover-- nothing else close.


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                                    gourmetfoodcritic RE: thefoodbully Apr 3, 2009 06:26 AM

                                    You have not experienced a cannoli until you try Vilabate on 18th Ave and 70th St. in Bensonhurst. The shell is thin and crispy and the filling is made from ricotta from Sicily. Check out the website vilabate.net. The Italian cheesecake is awesome, moist and creamy with a hint of orange and please ask for the BaBa Rum Pastry they fill them to order with cannoli cream or custard whichever you like. The custard goes better with the rum and it soaked with much rum and not over sweetened like most other bakeries produce them. I have tried pastries from Boston, Philly, Baltimore, Montreal, Bronx and more but nothing can compare to Vilabate they bake other pastries you would need to go to Sicily to find. The owners are from Sicily and have brought authentic recipies with them. The CASSATA AL FORNO is also a must try. They have maraschino cherries inside, sponge cake and cannoli cream and after your first slice you will be soon cutting another!

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                                      Jonny Pops RE: thefoodbully Apr 19, 2009 07:00 AM

                                      Honestly, Veniero's cannoli are a joke. They would probably even tell you that. The place specializes in fruit pastries, and those are good. The cannoli are a waste of time.

                                      Delillo's on Arthur Ave are nothing special either. Egidio's are better, though not great.

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                                        BonnieB. RE: Jonny Pops May 6, 2009 02:09 PM

                                        Rimini on BayParkway in Bensonhurst. I've moved out of that area but they used to fill them when you ordered them. They were crispy and the filling was delish!

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                                          Pan RE: BonnieB. May 6, 2009 02:13 PM

                                          I love that place! They also make excellent baba au rhum, millefoglie, etc.

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                                            BonnieB. RE: Pan May 6, 2009 07:18 PM

                                            yup, and they make a nice icecream cake too.

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                                              BonnieB. RE: BonnieB. Jul 31, 2009 08:44 PM

                                              By the way, has anyone tasted the cannoli at Royal Crown, I know they're known for their brick oven bread, but the cannoli are truly excellent. Very crisp shell and you know the filling was made with ricotta, it has a nice not too sweet cheesy kind of flavor. Almost like cheesecake in a cannoli shell.

                                  2. Asumnuthin RE: Mark Z Aug 4, 2009 08:46 AM

                                    Fortunatos Bros in williamsburg brooklyn

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                                      drosstogold RE: Asumnuthin Oct 28, 2009 06:21 PM

                                      A classic cannoli can be found at DeRobertis on First Ave. Some say it's "the best"...

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                                        Pan RE: drosstogold Oct 29, 2009 12:29 AM

                                        Who says that? Have you tried any of the recommended places in Brooklyn?

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                                          drosstogold RE: Pan Oct 30, 2009 05:08 AM

                                          Talking Manhattan here.

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                                            Pan RE: drosstogold Oct 30, 2009 01:15 PM

                                            Glad you clarified that, because this board covers more than just Manhattan.

                                            For the record, I like neither Veniero's nor DiRoberti's. I continue to consider Rocco's the best in Manhattan, but far inferior to a place like Villabate in Bensonhurst, or several other places in Brooklyn.

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                                              drosstogold RE: Pan Nov 2, 2009 04:55 PM

                                              Rocco's still have excellent cheese cake? I haven't been down there for ages.

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                                                Pan RE: drosstogold Nov 2, 2009 09:15 PM

                                                I think Rocco's is the best pasticceria in Manhattan, but in a way, that's really not saying that much.

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                                            drosstogold RE: Pan Oct 30, 2009 11:34 AM

                                            Phil Rizzuto Ok it wasn't yesterday, however DiRoberti's is across the street from the overated Venieros (I can say so because my folks have been ordering baked goods from them for over 30 years- everything is too sweet in my opinion) gotta root for the underdog anywhere. I agree the boros often have better authentic foods...

                                            342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

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                                        Mister44 RE: Mark Z Jul 25, 2010 09:54 AM

                                        Probably not in NYC nowadays.
                                        Try Gus and Paul's Bakery 1209 Sumner Ave is Springfield, Massachusetts.
                                        I've had some from NYC, Federal hill in Boston, and some from Providence.
                                        None were as good as those from Gus and Paul's.

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                                          Pan RE: Mister44 Jul 26, 2010 04:26 AM

                                          You might as well recommend pasticcerie in Napoli. Here's the subtitle of "The Best" board:

                                          "Tips for Dining, Eating and Food Shopping across the New York Region"

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                                            bob96 RE: Pan Jul 26, 2010 03:48 PM

                                            Or Palermo. Hilariously on the mark. If NY cant best Providence (bless its [not Boston's] little Federal Hill heart) with cannolis, then my Calabrian grandparents settled in Brooklyn for--what? Seriously, though, Villabate in Bensonshurst is far away enough. And good enough.

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