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Best Italian bakery in Chicago or suburbs

Anyone? Particularly bakeries with the best cannolis and Tiramisu.

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  1. I've been eating and enjoying the cannoli from Naples Bakery since I was a young boy, for more than 50-years now - and there are good reasons the bakery has flourished through the decades - quality being the prime one.

    Naples Bakery
    3705 W 95th St
    Evergreen Park, IL 60805-2138
    (708) 424-1810
    http://www.naplesbakery.com/

    1. I think the best cannolis are at Pastecceria Natalina in Andersonville.

      1. My favorite for cannoli is Allegretti's in Norridge. They fill them while you wait.

        http://www.allegrettisbakery.com

        Allegretti's Bakery
        7717 W. Lawrence Avenue
        Norridge, IL 60706
        ph: 708.453.4412

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        1. re: choppcs

          That is the cardinal rule for cannolis. They must be filled when ordered and not have the shells sitting there all day with the cheese inside already. Thanks for that rec Choppcs!

          GoMexico, does Naples Bakery also do this with their cannolis?

          1. re: Illuminatus

            I think Naples, like Pastecceria Natalina, fills the cannoli ahead of time - how far ahead I don't know. I haven't asked to have them filled on the spot, though - and can't say whether they'd offer to do that. I agree that a long time in a shell, sitting in a case, can cause deterioration - but how long that deterioration takes is another question. Pastecceria Natalina is probably my favorite Italian pastry shop in the city - and much of what's produced there is made with ingredients requiring that you eat what you purchase on the day of purchase.

            1. re: gomexico

              Pastecceria Natalina does not, at least not normally, fill their cannolis ahead of time. In fact, when I've ordered cannolis there, they warn me that they're supposed to be eaten with an hour and a half of filling them.

              1. re: rjka

                Pasticceria Natalina, easily the best Sicilian bakery in Chicago (probably the best bakery in Chicago period), absolutely does not fill their cannoli ahead of time.

                1. re: BRB

                  I went here and had the cannoli. It was very good and they did fill it after I ordered it. This place is very nice but it was a bit pricey I must say.

            2. re: Illuminatus

              You can come in and ask them to make fresh ones right on the spot.

          2. The Turano Bakery's small shop on Roosevelt Road in Oak Park has the Italian version of croissants---I forget what they are called but they are so good I go out of my way to get to this place.

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            1. re: Querencia

              Cornetto? I might have to check it out pronto. Thanks!

            2. Any of these places have decent sfogliatelli?

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              1. re: kittenwithawhip

                Pastecceria Natalina has excellent sfogliatelli, but I'm not sure if it's an everday item. You might want to call ahead.

                1. re: rjka

                  They didn't have any on Sunday but said they are happy to make them to order. I didn't call ahead as I didn't know for certain we would make it down there. But I still managed to spend a decent amount on some other lovely things!