The jury is still out on the identity of New York’s preferred pizza place, but when it comes to this Italian treat, the best of the bunch are no mystery. Your search for the perfect crunchy shell, creamy filling, and just the right amount of sweetness ends here, or rather, at the spots serving up the best cannolis in New York City.
Over 120 years and 1,770-plus Yelp recommendations since Veniero’s first opened in 1894, the East Village eatery remains relevant – and delicious. Tourists and locals alike rub elbows under the sky-painted ceiling and among original details such as the restaurant’s marble floors and etched glass doors while they await the real attraction: Veniero’s famous classic cannoli.
As its name suggests, subtlety isn’t on the menu at Quality Italian. The Cannoli Cart at this modern Midtown steakhouse involves chocolate shells, a variety of fillings, including chocolate peanut butter and cookies and creme, and base sauces including caramel and coulis, prepared tableside with a flourish.
Cannoli connoisseurs will be impressed by Villabate Alba, a family-owned and operated kitchen importing their ricotta all the way from Sicily’s Palermo, the birthplace of the modern cannoli. Here, cannolis taste the way they were intended to: grassy, nutty, and sweetened only by a lone maraschino cherry and a strip of candied orange peel.
When you’re craving authentic pleasure, not recipes, there’s Gelso and Grand. This Little Italy local was founded to push the historic neighborhood’s boundaries. Judging by its Unicornolli, a waffle cone shell filled with lavender-berry cream and topped with edible gold dust and miniature macarons, we’d say it’s succeeded.
While you work to land a reservation at Carbone, you can visit another Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi restaurant, Santina. Get a taste of what these restaurant world giants are about when you order the well-reviewed cannolis, a trio of nutty pistachio, creamy coconut, and dark cherry cannoli served warm.
For many New Yorkers, Cannoli Plus is out of the way in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. For all New Yorkers, it is a must-visit. Enjoy New York City’s best filled-to-order individual cannolo (choose from mini, large, chocolate-dipped, and nutty chocolate-dipped shells) while you take advantage of the trade supplier’s fresh shell packs and prefilled bags of cream.
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