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Jun 9, 2009 05:54 PM

Cannoli in Toronto

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Italy (amazing food!), and now we're having cravings for some cannoli here at home. Any suggestions in the Toronto area?

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  1. On Saturday mornings, Royal Beef on the Danforth has fresh cannoli that I love.

    The first cannoli I ever tried was nasty - heavy and greasy (they'd been savagely deep fried). Royal Beef's are light and crispy and wonderful with a cup of coffee.

    With all the Italian bakeries in the city, there must be lots more, as well.

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    1. re: aveivy

      Second the ones at Royal Beef. Fresh, crisp, and delicious. I believe they cost around $2.00+/cannoli.

      1. re: aveivy

        Third Royal Beef, but ONLY on Saturday mornings. Lovely warm ricotta then as well.

      2. Pizza Libretto has lovely cannoli. More authentic than other ones I've tried in Toronto.

        1. Riveria Bakery on College. Hmmmmmm

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            1. re: dannyboy

              I find Riviera's cannoli to be disappointing, they sit in the fridge too long and the shells get soft. I walk a few blocks west to Sicilian Sidewalk, they're made fresh and piped full of delicious ricotta.

                1. re: kiwiFRUIT

                  that's been my experience as well, sadly, with Riviera. i agree with pearlD (below), Commisso Bros are pretty darn good, and they have a bunch of different varieties (Sicillian and Venetian, typical ricotta filling, a more custardy one, and straight cream, i think...and yes, before anybody gets huffy, i know that it's the ricotta filling that's nonna would have been appalled by the variations). Oddly, though, the best cannoli i've had in the city was from Caldense Bakery, which is a Portuguese place, not an italian one.

                  As an aside, if you ever find yourself in Hamilton and craving a cannoli, my recollection is that the ones from Roma Bakery and Valentinos are excellent (YMMV on this's been a long time since i've lived in Hamilton).

                  1. re: wickalicious

                    I just found this thread, and definitely have to say that Rivieria has been a long time favourite. Been going here since as far back as I can remember! BUT, I have to say with all due respect to my Sicilian heritage that the cannolis at Francesca bakery are the absolute best (of course if my Nonna was still alive it'd be a different story!) First bakery I've found in Toronto that fills them when you order! Something so simple...why can't more bakeries take note!