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Veniero's or Ferrara?

chefdater Nov 2, 2006 04:23 PM

I'm spending xmas with the boyrfriend's family in Chicago and was thinking about sending a package of cannolis and cookies from a NYC institution...who has the better cannolis - ferrara or veneiro's? i may be leaning toward's ferrara's since they do ship their chocolate covered ones across the country but was wondering what everyone else thought..any opinions or other suggestions of NYC foods that would be a hit in Chicago?

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    CornflakeGirl Nov 2, 2006 04:40 PM

    I'd definitely choose Veniero's. Ferrara is strictly for the tourists.

    Veniero's also makes great cheescake.

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    1. re: CornflakeGirl
      Peter Cherches Nov 2, 2006 04:55 PM

      Agreed. Veniero's makes my favorite Italian (ricotta) cheesecake, but I believe they also make classic NY cream cheese cake.


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      Lucia Nov 2, 2006 04:54 PM

      Skip both and go to Rocco's instead.

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      1. re: Lucia
        NAtiveNewYorker Nov 2, 2006 06:26 PM

        Rocco's serves the best cannoli in the city. Period.

      2. jon Nov 2, 2006 05:08 PM

        um, veniero's and ferrara's are owned by the same people and all of their food comes out of one kitchen.

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        1. re: jon
          Peter Cherches Nov 2, 2006 05:09 PM

          How long has that been the case?

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            CornflakeGirl Nov 2, 2006 05:17 PM

            Which kitchen? And who actually owns it? The Lepore's? Or the Veniero's?

            I've always found Ferrara to be inferior. Soggy everything.

            1. re: jon
              Cheese Boy Nov 2, 2006 07:43 PM

              Thumbs down of Ferrara. Soggy and touristy.

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                mookster Nov 2, 2006 09:30 PM

                Not true, I used to work the counter.

              2. Peter Cuce Nov 2, 2006 06:25 PM

                Neither is good. And shipping cannolis is tough, since they're really only good if they're filled at order time.

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                1. re: Peter Cuce
                  Peter Cherches Nov 2, 2006 08:22 PM

                  The cannoli shipping part is true. I got sidetracked by my craving for Veniero's ricotta cheesecake (which I haven't had in at least 5 years--I hope it's still good).

                  1. re: Peter Cherches
                    Cheese Boy Nov 2, 2006 08:47 PM

                    Peter, I buy the one by the pound there, as opposed to the whole round ones (in large
                    or small sizes located in the refrigerated display case). Veniero's cheesecake is still holding on, the quality and taste are very good. I have no issues with paying six to ten dollars or so for a small brick-size "square" of the stuff. And don't forget, the cake I'm speaking of is about 4 inches tall. I highly recommend it with the hopes that you try it when it's baked the same day (as opposed to say, a day or two old).

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                  lvecch Nov 2, 2006 08:57 PM

                  Send the Veniero's almond torte, it will ship much better. The two Peters are absolutely right in suggesting you scrap the cannoli idea - they need to be eaten immediately once filled.


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                  1. re: lvecch
                    chefdater Nov 2, 2006 09:07 PM

                    Really? even though the site says "the best part is you fill your shells when you need them! Its Always fresh. Now you
                    can boast that you'll never have a soft shell again!" ? Tough decision to make here :) Thanks for all of your advice...

                    1. re: chefdater
                      Cheese Boy Nov 2, 2006 09:28 PM

                      They televised how this torte was made (I don't recall what show, but I remember it was a cooking tag-team of 2 brothers (?), I believe). It's supposedly very very good, and the person who presently prepares them has been doing so for many years. The torte probably travels well too since the exterior of it looks to be encrusted. Also, this
                      is their signature cake. It speaks Veniero's. It's gotta be good.

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                        chefdater Nov 2, 2006 09:32 PM

                        yeah, i actually caught a glimpse of that show...paula dean's boys...haha. yeah, maybe you're right...

                      2. re: chefdater
                        lvecch Nov 2, 2006 10:19 PM

                        Ah, yes, I see that now. Still, like you and Cheese Boy, I learned about the torte through the Boys, and it is great. I also think it would travel well.

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                      kenito799 Nov 3, 2006 03:09 AM

                      For the record, I used to go to Veniero's all the time but now I only go to Enrico's in the East Bronx (1057 Morris Park Ave) for the real thing! Cannolli filled to order, sfogliatelli, most other Italian pastries you can imagine.

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                        kimosabe Dec 14, 2006 09:55 AM

                        for delivery it doesnt matter which Ferarra/Vieneroes you use.But those cheese cakes in vieneroes are great and they can affor to just sell them placed on a coffee cup cap...Bull everything in Vieneroes is delicious whom I kidding But now that trans fat is cut out of NYC everything is gonna taste blah...but if your in Maspeth Queens go to Scala They are really good too

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                          MJL Dec 14, 2006 04:08 PM

                          Veniero's serves the best cannoli in the city. Period.

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                            Striver Dec 14, 2006 05:06 PM

                            Semicolon; but only if Rocco's is closed and you can't get to the Bronx or Brooklyn.

                            ...and in any event I agree with the general sentiment that cannoli should not be shipped.

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