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Best cannoli in nyc?

diegobomber Sep 30, 2007 06:10 AM

Best cannoli in nyc?

  1. m
    MHC Jan 24, 2010 12:57 PM

    Is there an updated opinion on the best cannoli in nyc? We have tried Veniero's and found it soggy and the 'flavor' cloying. Something closer to Mike's in Boston would be nice - is Vilabate the place then?


    1. vvvindaloo Oct 2, 2007 08:20 AM

      ok, wait a minute. at least caffe palermo, ferrara and rocco's use ricotta. they use inferior, cow's milk ricotta, mixed with too much sugar, but at least they are trying. veniero's? don't they use pastry cream or something? if so, that is not even a cannolo at all, by definition.

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      1. re: vvvindaloo
        foodmonk Oct 2, 2007 10:16 AM

        No, Veniero's has a cheese filling. They do have a bunch of different "flavors," though.

      2. r
        RCC Oct 2, 2007 08:03 AM

        Veniero's used to be it for us ... until we had Rocco's fresher and less sweet cannoli

        BTW, we actully liked the ones at Da Roberti's (just across on 1st Ave. more than the ones at Veniero's.

        1. katydid13 Oct 1, 2007 07:19 PM

          Veniero's in the East Village.

          1. vvvindaloo Sep 30, 2007 07:50 PM

            The best cannoli in New York City are found at Villabate Pasticceria, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, where the ingredients (fresh sheeps' milk ricotta, crispy fried shells, candied fruits and pistachios) are flown in regularly from Villabate, outside of Palermo. I say this as someone who has enjoyed her fair share of cannoli in Sicily, where they were born... this is definitely the one you want. If someone were definitely restricted to Manhattan, I would tell them that Rocco's, Caffe Palermo, and Ferrara's are all ok, but skippable. Whatever you do, don't go to Veniero's.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo
              Judyluvs Sep 30, 2007 10:53 PM

              I definitely liked the riceball that I tried from Villabate Pasticceria when they had a stand open for the Rosalia Feast - I'll go and restock on those and try the cannoli too!

              1. re: vvvindaloo
                foodmonk Oct 1, 2007 04:41 AM

                No Veniero's? I thought their cannoli tasted pretty much just like the ones in Palermo ... I think you need to go early in the morning on a dry day, though. Last time I dropped by on a rainy afternoon, the shells were a bit soggy.

                1. re: foodmonk
                  yzi2424 Oct 1, 2007 05:23 AM

                  5th avenue and around 77th maybe 78th street in bayridge brooklyn. Never had the cannoli from pallermo but theyre better than anything you've tried at the feast from Villabate. I grew up in the area and thats the last place i would go. Cafe Palermo, Ferrara's theyre good cannolis but is good is just that good and in the world of cannoli good is not worth 4 dollars. What are they thinking?
                  Just thinking you said Villabate made me laugh a bit on the inside. This whole Foodie trend needs to calm down before we get a bit ahead of ourselfs.

                  1. re: yzi2424
                    kcijones001 Oct 1, 2007 08:35 AM

                    Veniero's, for sure.

                    1. re: kcijones001
                      financialdistrictresident Oct 1, 2007 06:57 PM

                      Another for Veniero's (since we're on the Manhattan Board), provided it is good cannoli weather and the shells are crispy and not pre-filled.

              2. NAtiveNewYorker Sep 30, 2007 06:30 PM

                Caffe Palermo in Little Italy and Rocco's in the West Village

                1. bobjbkln Sep 30, 2007 12:58 PM

                  Do you really mean all of NYC? If so, ask this question on the outer boroughs board where you will be pointed to Arthur Ave. in the Bronx. My preference is Egidio's on E. 187th St. but other beg to differ.

                  1. l
                    Lucia Sep 30, 2007 08:31 AM


                    Rocco's Pastry Shop
                    243 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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