Authentic Cannoli in Toronto?
Reading the thread about pastries made me realize I've never had authentic cannoli in Toronto. I had it once before, from an Italian bakery in London, Ontario. It had chocolate bits, orange flavouring and pistachios. It was fabulous. The kind I find in Toronto are the small cannoli filled with cheese and chocolate chips. They're not very exciting. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Although I am not an expert on Cannoli, I do know that Royal Beef (Italian owned) at Woodbine & Danforth gets early morning deliveries of them on the weekends, and that they are snapped up fast.
If you are willing to drive to or are in Scarborough (north of 401& McCowan), visit Francesca's Bakery. They make a mean Cannoli and many other great desserts. Ask them to make them fresh...definitely worth the extra few minutes.
Francesca Italian Bakery
2 Invergordon Avenue (Invergordon Ave and McCowan Rd)
Scarborough, ON M1S 2Y8
at West Finch Bakery (1107 Barmac) (steeles and weston), the cannoli are NEVER displayed and are only made upon request so they are always super fresh. usually everyone buys the plain ones with just sweetened ricotta inside, but you can ask for them with choc chips, or for a little extra, they can make them with sicilian candied fruit.
I like the canoli at Riviera Bakery on College - nice creamy ricotta filling with bits of candied fruit peel. They sell well so little chance of soggy pastry is minimal. Their apple turnovers are a nice treat as well, a good size and only $1.50. Breads are pretty good too (the multigrain is nice and nutty).
If you have a cannoli craving downtown, stop by Mela, on Yorkville (south side) just west of Yonge. It's a brand new Italian vegetarian cafe. The food is delicious, including the homemade, authentic cannolis.
You can read a review of the place on Sweestpot.ca: