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Aug 20, 2012 07:33 AM

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

Any real decent Italian goodies available?

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    1. 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...


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      1. re: SaltyRaisins

        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!

        1. re: cstr

          Bruno Napoletano fills cannoli to order.

          1. re: cstr

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: Beach Chick

              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.

              1. re: cstr

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

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  '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.

                  1. re: cstr

                    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.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      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.

                      1. re: cstr

                        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..


                        1. re: Beach Chick

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

            2. 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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              1. re: sandiegomike

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