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Jan 12, 2012 12:19 PM

Need Great Cannolis in St Louis

I am looking to get some really really great Cannolis for a rehearsal dinner. Who has the best in the St. Louis area?

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  1. I can't tell you who has the "best". I never met one I didn't like. I know Missouri Baking Company on the Hill is known for them.


    1. The best ones are not filled until just before you eat them. Maybe something like an omelet station but for cannoli? Much depends on where the dinner will be - what the facility or restaurant is, and what their policy would be on carry-ins. But FOTD has it nailed; Mo Baking would be my go-to spot for carry out.

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      1. re: lemons

        Yah. A cannoli station is definitely the way to go, but not sure if thats in the cards.

        1. re: lemons

          y'know I might be thinking of MO Baking after all (but then I always go by 'cognitive mapping' not specifics as in "oh you go past that one place where the owner is weird and turn left and it's 3 doors down, no the one on the other side of the street")

          1. re: hill food

            Mo Baking west side of its street, has a parking lot right next to it, and I believe no awning. Vitale east side of its street, and an awning.

            1. re: lemons

              ehh my example was just an illustration of my lack of directions, but yes I am thinking of the one with an awning.

        2. is Vitale's the place I'm thinking of?

          IIRC the first time I was in there I said something like "if I were into sweets I'd sublet a corner of this room and set-up a cot"

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          1. re: hill food

            biltritewave, if you want to mix your offerings up a little bit, Vitale's does a ricotta puff that I like more than the cannoli, which are a little sweet for my tastes. (hill food, it took me a while, but I finally figured out 'IIRC').

          2. Both bakeries on The Hill. I have no dog in this fight, but would suggest a taste-off.

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            1. re: lemons

              Wanna guess how many of us would volunteer to participate in that, lemons? We might need a bus.

              1. re: tonifi

                Gotta tell you, better even than the cannolis are sfogliatelle, which looks like a shell the size of a 4th grader's fist, made of puff pastry and filled with a custard filling. Seasonal; can't remember which season. Not Easter, but....

                1. re: lemons

                  +1 for MO Baking company. The cash or check only thing is a little annoying though!

            2. Missouri Baking or Vivianos!! Vivianos has a couple locations!

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              1. re: sushibud

                Viviano's is a grocery store - they may sell shells, but I surely don't recall them selling baked goods.(But their frozen ravioli are often killer.)