Stephanie and I like food. So let’s be honest… this trip was like 99.9% about food. Up to this point we had bagels, cupcakes, brazilian cheese bread, and amazing sandwiches. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that right after breakfast at Cheeky Sandwiches, we were ready for a snack. As we were only a five minute walk from Little Italy, we didn’t have much choice. It was cannoli time! Through my research I found two really good cannoli shops Caffe Palermo (the Cannoli King) and La Bella Ferrara.
We initially decided to head to Caffe Palermo. There was no particular logic behind this other than I love Palermo as a city to visit, and Palermo has great Cannoli. However, when we got to Caffe Palermo, quickly shooed out of the building. We were shocked. It was business hours and their front door was open.
Confused we decided to head over to La Bella Ferrara.
La Bella Ferrara
Rejected by the King, I guess they don’t realize that my family comes from Sicily…and I know people, we were excited to go to a cannoli shop that wanted us. La Bella Ferrara is a true italian bakery. Other than Cannoli you will find cookies, tarts, cheese cakes, eclairs, and croissants.
Basically, any baked good you could possibly want, but why would you get anything other than a Cannoli.
The Great Cannoli Scandal of 2019
To honor my Italian mother, who believes that the purity of a cannoli should not be tainted, I got a traditional plain Cannoli. While Stephanie blasphemously ordered chocolate mini Cannoli one with chocolate mousse and the other with a more traditional ricotta filling… please don’t tell my mom she will demand a divorce.
When asked for comment on her cannoli blaspheming Stephanie responded:
“Though the classic cannoli should be celebrated, the inspired variations also have a place on our palettes. I will defend that to the end!
Arguably, the best part of a cannoli experience is the snap and crackle as you pop it in your mouth. This is why these miniature cannolis are a gift to the world. You can taste the rich sweetness of the filling while enjoying the satisfying crunch with each bite. In miniature form, this rich dessert is elevated to decadent with the introduction of chocolate. Their chocolate dipped shells and chocolate mousse are swoon worthy. Had they been regular sized, the chocolate may have been too”much for even my sweet tooth, but the compact size allowed for just the right amount of indulgence.”
While I cannot comment on these forbidden Cannoli of Stephanie’s or compare them to the King, my traditional cannoli was fantastic. As good as any cannoli I have tried elsewhere. It had the perfect crunch and the ricotta filling truly hit the spot.
The Cannoli aren’t cheap but are reasonable. You are looking at $3-$4 for a full size cannoli and about half that for a miniature ones. For these three cannoli and a latte we spent a total of $12. No price is too high for a good Cannoli.
My wife’s cannoli sins aside, La Bella Ferrara sells an extremely delicious cannoli. If you have a sweet tooth do yourself a favor and grab a cannoli while in NYC.