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Aug 1, 2014 04:28 PM

Best classic cannoli south of 34th Street?

Searching for recommendations for the best classic canolli as a birthday gift for a 90 year-old friend and her 94 year-old husband. South of 34th Street would be best but I will travel north if necessary. Thanks!

  1. kathryn

    Would you be willing to go to Brooklyn? Most people would probably say that Villabate is the best of what's left.

  2. Pan

    Thanks for explaining that weird thread format, ellkay.

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    Eolo Restaurant on 7th Ave and 21st street has the best Cannoli I know in the area, but I don't think they sell them to go. Rocco's Bakery on Bleecker has the classic NYC Canolli, I wouldn't say they are wonderful, but they are solid.

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    Get take out from Emilio Ballato. Amazing canolli.

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    Veniero's used to be more classic. ( thicker cream with pistachio's or the dried fruit). They are creamier these days. Rocco's are decent. Cafe Roma ( if it's still there ) in Little Italy made a pretty classic cannoli ( cannolo if you're in Sicily).
    The best cannoli in the world is in Sicily IMO. If you are eating it in, not sure if you are getting it to go or not. If the birthday girl is Italian and you are going with them. Don't do Veniero's as I don't think anyone there is Italian. Better off at Rocco's or even Ferrara or Roma. They will feel better getting it from an Italian. again IMO. In Bklyn Catania bakery the best ( ridgewood).

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    Pan, yes, Kathryn did recommend Villabate. Given the other answers I received it looks like I might be heading out to Brooklyn sometime this week. (BTW, this new format is confusing. You can only see Kathryn's answer under the 'Ask a clarifying question' arrow. I should have posted the original question under 'Discussion' rather than as a 'Q&A.'

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    34th Street and 2nd Avenue on the corner opposite of the bank, there is a deli with Green awning. (i think the name is Clover). They have large and small canollis. Very delicious. And always very fresh.

    Good Luck!

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    Kathryn, thanks. The place you recommended in Brooklyn looks great - I looked them up online - but I might have to choose a place in Manhattan this time.

  6. p

    My wife and I have always been a fan of Veniero's on 11th St/1st Ave. They also make my favorite sfogliatelle and lobster tail's in the city. I think the cannolis are comparable Mike's up in Boston's North End if you've ever tried that.

  7. p

    Where's kathryn's answer? Did she recommend Villabate? I really doubt you'll find a great cannolo in Manhattan. If you do, please tell us where you found it.


    For years, whenever anyone mentioned cannoli, I thought of ROCCO'S on Bleecker Street. Because my last cannoli purchase at ROCCO'S was a disappointment, prior to making a recommendation, I decided to bop over there and give it another try.

    Both times the shell was inconsistent with the cannoli shell we've enjoyed for years. ROCCO'S fills their cannoli when you order them. Tonight's shell was not very crisp (could be summertime humidity, but it's not that humid tonight); this has not been a problem before. Furthermore, I did not enjoy the cannoli cream, and he forgot the pistachios.

    I don't know what happened to ROCCO'S cannoli. They have always been a big treat; there was a time they were wonderful. Sorry to say: I won't give it another try.


    I gave ROCCO'S another try on today's date. It was quite good. Nowadays, it's important to request a crisp, crunchy shell. Gee, I thought it's always supposed to be crisp and crunchy. Anyway, I enjoyed the connolo--I hope you do too!