For anyone that's ever had a cannoli, you know that it's one of the most delicious golden brown plates of goodness that you will ever have. And for anyone that hasn't - you need to get on that.
Cannoli is a Sicilian dessert, that when translated means "little tube." So, as you could expect, it's made of a tube shaped fried pastry dough that has a sweet creamy filling, which is usually made from a ricotta base. They're pretty common in Italian-American cuisine, and over the years there have been endless variations of the original concept, involving everything from custard to nuts.
Thanks to the abundance of Italian restaurants and bakeries in Montreal, we have plenty of option when it comes to eating this indulgent dessert.
This Italian bakery has been in operation since 1968. They've had plenty of time perfect their signature cannoli, and luckily for us, they have. Every cannoli that they serve is a perfect crispy golden brown. There are 5 different kinds of filling to choose from, so you can have your pick of original ricotta, fruit, custard, coffee, or chocolate ricotta. There's really no wrong decision here.
For just $2.75 you can get one of La Cornetteria's classic and rich cannoli. The fluffy ricotta filing is piped into a perfectly crisp and light shell. Having one of these is always surefire way to improve your day. The Italian coffee here is also amazing, so be sure to grab yourself a cup.
When it comes to making the perfect cannoli, La Conca D'oro has had 45 years of experience. They were even voted Best Cannoli In Montreal in 2011. They have a variety or creamy ricotta filled cannoli, some even with peanut butter or chocolate dipped shells, which are not to be missed.
This stylish espresso bar in Villeray may specialize in coffee, but their sweet treats are just as good, if not better. The cannoli here is light, crispy and freshly piped, and if you're looking for something with a more unique flavour, they have a nutella pistachio one.
Established in the 70's, this family owned Italian bakery and cafe specializes in Italian pastries, which includes our beloved cannoli. Their crispy shells are filled with either ricotta or custard (your choice) and topped off with icing sugar.
Located in Atwater Market, Pasta d'ici is technically a grocery store, but don't let that discourage you, because their cannoli is one of the best in Montreal. They have coffee tables where you can sit while enjoying their classic, golden shelled cannoli with a strong ricotta based filling. You'll find yourself going back just to get a taste of one.
Sat in the east end, Milano is open 24/7, so you can get your pastry fix at any hour. The cannoli here is surprisingly huge, with perfectly piped ricotta filling and a dusting of powdered sugar. And if you want something a little more substantial to go with your dessert, they also make amazing thick Italian sandwiches and really good coffee.
Le Petit Italien has a cannolo so good, even your Nona would approve. The filling is made from ricotta and orange zest, so it has a bit of acidity to it, and it's all piped into a crunchy golden shell. This definitely isn't a dessert that you'll want to share, because you'll find yourself trying to savour every last crumb.
"La Tradition Bomboloni Boss, North America’s first and only chain of high-quality Italian bakery delicacies, is excited to announce its first ever store location opening in the heart of Montreal," read a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The store's donut flavours include "Cannoli, Nutella, Pistachio, Red Velvet, Strawberry Jam, Tiramisu, Lemon, Mango Matcha Cheesecake, Custard and Dulce de Leche." But the press release also suggests that new treats are on the way.
"Chef Nando is continuously working on new products in the kitchen to bring to life the taste of our family heritage," Christina Pomponio, Bomboloni Boss CEO, said.
"Using only pure and high-quality ingredients, La Tradition Bomboloni Boss strives to bring a taste of Italy to each and every one of our clients. A place where friends and family meet to enjoy our pastries, and our coffee."
Get the details below.
Cuisine: Italian pastry shop
Address: 5475, rue des Jockeys, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a box of those ooey, gooey Italian donuts that chef Nando does so well.
Address: 1063 rue de la Montagne, corner boul. Rene-Levesque, Montreal, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: Freshly baked bread, imported cheese and food products, authentic desserts, ready-made meals, a pasta laboratory and a coffee bar make Italimenti your one-stop-shop for everything Italy in the downtown core.
Thanks to @feedmemontreal on Instagram, we were able to discover this combo, which is basically like nachos and salsa but for the sweet tooths of the world.
The "cannoli nachos" cost $14.99 and can be found at Cavallaro's boulevard Saint-Jean location.
If you're looking to get a taste of this sugary goodness, "the team asks that it is pre-ordered to avoid any wait times." So, feel free to send Cavallaro a DM on Instagram or Facebook beforehand to let them know you're hoping to try them.