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Where is the best cannoli in Monmouth County?

JerzeyShore Feb 9, 2012 09:49 AM

Need to pick up a dozen next week - any cannoli experts out there? Alfonso's in Staten Island is my yardstick for measuring a good cannoli, but too far to drive just for pastry. Thanks...

  1. angelo04 Feb 10, 2012 10:45 AM

    I would say head to SI and better than Alfonso's, which is really good head to Renato's on Forest Ave.

    But since that is a bit of a hike, I suggest Amici Bakery next to the Bella Italia Pork Store in Monroe. Address is 477 Spotswood Englishtown # 8 Monroe Twp.

    I also think La Dolce makes a very good cannoli located in Old Bridge next to Ciccones Deli at 3141 U.S. 9 Old Bridge Township, NJ (732) 679-5123

    My new favorite pork store is Livottis in Aberdeen. The fresh mozzarella is usually still warm when you buy it on the weekend. I only mention them because they recently added a bakery. I haven't tried it yet, but if I were a betting man I would think it is the best of three I mentioned.

    http://www.livotisoldworldmarket.com/...

    That is the "Best" that I know of it but still not as good as SI or Brooklyn.

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      Jerzeegirl Feb 10, 2012 02:07 PM

      That reminds me, I have to go to Livoti's for some fresh mozz over the weekend. While I'm there, I will TOFTT & pick up a cannoli & let you know how it is. I bought a couple of their mini-croissants which were pretty good.

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        HillJ Feb 20, 2012 09:53 AM

        angelo04, thank you for the heads up on Livotti's. I made my first visit today. WOW. Left with fresh dates, beautiful short ribs, a deal of the day on breadcrumbs and a number of fresh deli items (including the fresh mozz-and it was warm!) along with a huge sandwich for lunch. Left about $60.00 lighter and found the prices to be half that of Dearborn Farms and very friendly folk. I took a very quick look-see at the bakery and noted some lovely individual mousse desserts, breads and pastries that my dh would love. As they say, "I'll be back!"

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          angelo04 Feb 20, 2012 12:54 PM

          Glad you liked it. Not to get off topic from the OP, but I also love their meat. Picked up some beautiful rib eye steaks. 4 for roughly $15. I love Wegmans rib eyes but they tend to be twice as thick and more than double the price. I really don't need to regularily eat a steak that thick. So Livolatis rib eyes are perfect for our bi-weekly steak night. I will get Wegmans for the more special and more indulgent occasions.

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            HillJ Feb 20, 2012 12:59 PM

            I nabbed the last two large packs of short ribs for $5.00 each. Their meat dept is on my list for grilling season! Wegman's has plenty of pluses, Livoti's is a nice *new* find for my shopping rotation. And that homemade mozz is divine!

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              HillJ Feb 20, 2012 01:00 PM

              On topic, have you tried Livoti's cannoli?

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                angelo04 Feb 20, 2012 04:29 PM

                Not yet, I was too stuufed after inhaling a,pie at Deninos and then popping in for some groceries. It is on the short list though. Certainly will by next weekend.

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                  HillJ Feb 23, 2012 06:23 PM

                  Today we gave Livoti's bakery a try. We found the mini triple mousse bland and uninteresting and the banana cream roll overly oily. The Italian bread was midway to stale (I used it for breadcrumbs). So unfortunately about $10.00 later underwhelmed by the bakery side.

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                    angelo04 Feb 24, 2012 05:37 AM

                    What a disappointment. I will stick with the fresh mozz.

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                      HillJ Feb 25, 2012 03:51 PM

                      http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifesty...

        2. fershore Feb 10, 2012 02:06 PM

          LaRosa's Italian Bakery in Shrewsbury
          Ferrucci's in Little Silver

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            Tapas52 Feb 10, 2012 07:10 PM

            Caputos Pasterie shop in Long Branch is pretty good.

          2. JerzeyShore Feb 11, 2012 03:43 AM

            Thanks everyone for some great suggestions! After sampling these places and putting on a few pounds I'm sure to find the best cannoli in Monmouth County. :-)

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              cke25 Feb 11, 2012 04:27 AM

              I Like Caputo's in Long Branch also, BUT only for cannolis. I've been disappointed with some of their other selections, especially the cookies.

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                JustJake Feb 11, 2012 01:18 PM

                Caputo's has been our local standby for many years than I care to comment.

                Of late, I've found DelPonte's in Bradley Beach to be good as well - just a bit easier to get to than having to travel 100' and sit at a light and another traffic light, and another traffic lights as one tries to get to Ursula Plaza through Pier Village area of Ocean Ave.. .

              2. JerzeyShore Feb 12, 2012 06:36 AM

                Just tried Delponte's which was decent and Caputo's which was excellent, nearly as good as my Staten Island favorite. Thanks again all ...

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                  Jerzeegirl Feb 12, 2012 10:29 AM

                  As promised, I TOFTT & picked up a cannoli at Livotis this morning. I could have gotten a package of 3 that were already packaged & for sale in the store, but opted to get just one in the bakery dept. I couldn't see them in the display case, so I asked & it turns out they have the shells on the counter & they fill them fresh which I prefer anyway. It was pretty tasty with just a few chocolate chips. It was a tiny bit too sweet for my taste, but not too sweet that I wouldn't buy it again. The pre-packaged ones were $5.99 for 3, the individual one was $2.50.

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                    angelo04 Feb 12, 2012 11:02 AM

                    My wife just got back from there with no Cannoli! She didn't see them. I will have tp relay the message. She did come home with warm fress mozz which no longer exists, we ate the whole thing......But hey it's the weekend

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                      Jerzeegirl Feb 12, 2012 12:09 PM

                      Definitely tell her to ask for the cannoli. There were a lot of other pastries I would have loved to try, but that'll have to wait for my trip next week. I love their fresh mozz. I usually have the mozz guy make me a small chunk. It's just me at home & as much as I love their fresh mozz, I probably couldn't finish one of those big chunks in a week & it would go bad.

                  2. jrzcat Aug 5, 2012 03:43 PM

                    Y'all are missing the very best cannoli's coming out of J&M Bakery in Middletown. You can keep the rest - just give me the cannolis!!!!

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