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Craving a Canolli, Pastachotti, Casata Cake or even a Pizzelle in SD

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cstr Aug 20, 2012 07:33 AM

Any real decent Italian goodies available?

  1. phee Aug 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    Has anyone tried this place? I've passed it several times but never when they were open. Looks like a possibility.

    http://rosannaspastashop.com/index.html

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      cstr Aug 22, 2012 06:42 AM

      looks interesting, I may need to check it out.

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        lost in suburbs Aug 22, 2012 01:47 PM

        They sometimes have sfogliatelle, which are pretty good, though on the small side.

      2. SaltyRaisins Aug 21, 2012 12:24 PM

        I meant to ask...what are "pastachotti?" I've never heard of them. Now, what I really miss is a good sfogliatella...

        Cheers.

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          cstr Aug 22, 2012 06:41 AM

          Sfogliatella....mmmmmmm! one of my favs, I wouldn't even dream to find them in the county. Ever had them warm?? Pastachotti means turnover, they're made with a biscotti style dough with a flat bottom, filled with a scoop of either vanilla or chocolate pastry cream and covered with another piece of dough then baked. Great with coffee.

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            lost in suburbs Aug 24, 2012 03:39 PM

            Pasta ciotti- Here's a recipe
            http://www.mangiabenepasta.com/pasta_...

        2. El Chevere Aug 21, 2012 11:30 AM

          Baci Ristorante (Morena Blvd) has the best canolli I have found in town.

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            Beach Chick Aug 22, 2012 07:10 AM

            Baci's is one of my fave Italian restaurants in SD outside of the beloved Adolph's in North Beach..RIP

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            sandiegomike Aug 20, 2012 04:38 PM

            Best bet is to buy the cannoli shells at Mona Lisa and fill them yourself (simple filling: 4 Cups ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 Cups bakers or confectioners sugar, 1 Tsp vanilla, shaved dark chocolateI to taste, and some finely chopped pistachio nuts for the ends). Remember to "leave the gun, take the cannoli".

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              cstr Aug 21, 2012 07:14 AM

              I do, on occasion, make my own, the hard is making the shells.

            2. Beach Chick Aug 20, 2012 01:43 PM

              Isn't your birthday in September?
              You could take the familia to Roma and enjoy all those Italian goodies..
              Or, you could take the water taxi over to Coronado and pick up some Italian goods at the bakery at il Fornaio..
              ; )

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                cstr Aug 21, 2012 07:14 AM

                B-Day not Sept but, who really needs an excuse to visit Italy. I considering a road trip out east to indulge and bring back some goodies.

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                  Beach Chick Aug 21, 2012 07:23 AM

                  Cafe Zucchero..Mona Lisa..Cucina Urban..Il Fornaio
                  SF and PHX have great Italian bakeries if your going east for that road trip.

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                    cstr Aug 22, 2012 06:38 AM

                    'Cafe Zucchero..Mona Lisa', No and No, not even close. Both are like eating commercial quality. PHX??. no, If I'm going east, it's to the coast, just like me.

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                      Beach Chick Aug 22, 2012 07:08 AM

                      PHX has a large east coast Italian community with fantastic Italian deli/resto's/bakeries..
                      SF does as well..
                      I think you knew when you posted this what the kind of responses you were going to get.

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                        cstr Aug 22, 2012 12:54 PM

                        I was really hoping that some SD hounder might have knowledge of a place, in the county, that made credible Italian pastries. I was never a fan of Solunto's. Agree North Beach, in SF, has wonderful resto's pastry shops etc.

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                          Beach Chick Aug 22, 2012 01:59 PM

                          If I can bust your huevitas any chance I can, I will..
                          ;- )

                          BTW, I never told you to go to Solunto's..going to PHX this weekend and I'm stopping at one of the best Italian deli and bakery that is just like North Beach makes them..

                          www.romanellisitaliandeli.com

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                            cstr Aug 23, 2012 08:14 AM

                            Nice website, You hurt me!! Are you taking orders chicka?

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                              Beach Chick Aug 23, 2012 08:58 AM

                              ;- )

              2. jmtreg Aug 20, 2012 11:45 AM

                There used to be. . .and then Solunto's closed.

                1. SaltyRaisins Aug 20, 2012 09:40 AM

                  Mona Lisa Deli has some of those items: cookies, pizzelle (packaged), amaretti etcetera. Pizzeria Bruno Napoletano makes a decent canollo. Cassata...not sure. I was ruined forever by Pasticceria Maria Grammatico in Erice...

                  Cheers.

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                    cstr Aug 20, 2012 11:38 AM

                    Yes, the Pasticceria's in Sienna and Florence were just unbelievable, display counter after display counter of pastry art. Unfortunately, Mona Lisa won't cut it for my craving. I was hoping to find a place, in SD, that filled canolli's fresh to order, nothing in the county? I can hope!

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                      SaltyRaisins Aug 20, 2012 11:52 AM

                      Bruno Napoletano fills cannoli to order.

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                        honkman Aug 20, 2012 12:15 PM

                        Not sure if they are filled to order but the canolli at Cucina Urbana are good.

                    2. Beach Chick Aug 20, 2012 08:12 AM

                      fugedaboudit..

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