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Mar 10, 2007 07:41 AM

Fresh CANNOLIS in OC (or LA County)


Am in need of a revered source for fresh Italian CANNOLIS in Orange County.

Also interested in reliable LA/LA County bakeries for cannolis and Italian pastries.

The more suggestions, the merrier. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Tutto Latti or Tutto Bella on Vine street, near fountain, sells shells and filling seperately, you fill your own. You could also buy the shells and make your own filling. If you do buy from them, take a big tupper ware or some kind of solid container, the give you the shells in a plastic or paper bag. Lots of good Italian stores sell shells, Claros, Monte Carlo, Bay Cities. Eagle Rock Italian Bakery on Colorado has good cannoli. I am sure you will get many more responses.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      second on tutto latte express on vine. one bag of filling fills 40 small shells perfectly. they have plain and chocolate dipped shells. i prefer my own filling. they're filling is a little grainy for me.

      For parties, we let people dip their own in crushed pistachios, coconut, mini choc chips, etc.

      1. re: revets2

        That was so true, grainy and a little 2 sweet, but if you have no time, it is great. The last time, I made my own filling and put into a zip-lock bag and pipped it from that.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          i agree. a little too sweet too. good idea on the zip-lock because it's great to pipe them at the last minute so the shells are nice and crispy which is something that's hard to get in the bakeries unless you go early and eat right away. thanks for the tip BB.

          1. re: revets2

            I do not know if you ever went to Sarno's on Vermont, it was where Vermont restaurant know is. The had the BEST Cannoli in the City! The came from a family of bakers in Chicago and the had old wooden cannoli molds, that must have sucked in all the good flavor, not like the stainless molds some places now use. The shells had a distinct flavor, whatever Dino did, it was the BOMB ! RIP Sarnos, maybe someday the daughter, Angela of Mama Mias avross the street will resurect some of the family recipes.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              WAAAAAH! I miss Sarno's too. Not only did they have the best cannoli, but they also had the best cheese danish in L.A.. I cannot find ANY decent Italian cheese danish in this city anymore! Not the weird, flat thing with sweet cream cheese in the center. Sarno's used to make a lovely, flakey croissant-like pastry with lightly sweetened lemon ricotta in the middle....oh woe is me...

              1. re: Reeter1

                SARNO's was my childhood neighborhood bakery. it was an institution.

                1. re: revets2

                  Where did you go to elemantary school?

                  1. re: Reeter1

                    I loved that also, damn, that was good stuff, i could go on and on !!!

        2. Claro's, in Tustin.

          And the best cannoli I've found in LA County are also the only dessert this place makes on-premises -- it's Monte Carlo Deli / Pinocchio's, on Magnolia in Burbank. The other desserts are trucked in from Eagle Rock Italian Bakery... which is a great bakery with terrible cannoli, so maybe that's why they make their own at Monte Carlo.

          1. Claros in San gabriel as well they fill them as you order them ohhh man I am going now....

            1. It could have been the martinis talking, but I really enjoyed my cannoli the other night at the Abbey in WeHo. I know they don't make their pastries in-house, but for me, it hit the spot (along with some Mexican hot chocolate).

                1. re: Burger Boy

                  Oooh, I miss Sarno's too! I adored ther cookies, cakes and whipped cream pastries. On the restaurant side, they had a helluva linguini in red clam sauce.. live opera...some of it brilliant, some unintentionally funny. Always entertaining.
                  Does the daughter want to bring back the bakery using the original recipes?

                  1. re: cuppajoe

                    We used to go there years ago after dinner for dessert, and listen to the live opera....most of it very good....pastries were always top notch