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Baked in Montreal - Roma

Posted by Emily / September 3, 2007

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This may sound ridiculous, but I don’t always enjoy cannoli. I’ve eaten too many cannoli with hard, brittle crusts that are filled with goopy cream, and over the years I’ve developed a distaste for those mediocre confections. But the cannoli at Roma in Little Italy would turn anyone into a devout worshipper of all things cream-filled.

I’ve found it a little surprising how few Italian bakeries there are in Montreal. At times I long for the nut-flavored cookies and cream-filled pastries that go so well with a cappuccino. Maybe latter isn’t always necessary, but I can’t imagine spending an afternoon in Little Italy without a bag of pastries from Roma.

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Roma’s finest achievements are its various cream fillings. The filling in the cannoli has a smooth, thick texture and a hint of almond flavoring. A honey-covered pastry contained an even thicker filling that might have included mascarpone or ricotta. The honey and nut coating gave the outside of the pastry a Middle Eastern flavor but the filling made it distinctly Italian.

The most basic, homemade-tasting treat that I’ve tried at Roma was the lemon cream puffs. I am usually not partial to lemon-flavored things, but something about those cream puffs has drawn me to them time after time. As promised by their enticing sugar icing and perfect spiral shape, they are moister and fluffier than anything I’ve ever achieved in my own kitchen (which, I suppose, isn’t saying all that much).

All of my attempts to order things by name have ended miserably, due to my inability to pronounce the names of any of the pastries (in Italian or French). Fortunately, Roma seems to crank out fresh baked goods throughout the day, and I’ve found that I always get something delicious as long as I follow one simple rule: if it’s fresh, buy it. The bakery’s lemon cream puffs are especially irresistible when they’ve just come out of the oven and the icing is still gooey.

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Roma; 6776 St. Laurent; (514)273-9357

Discussion

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Jon / September 5, 2007 at 09:00 am
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Just for your info, cannoli are filled with ricotta cheese, not cream!
Dan / December 26, 2012 at 09:45 am
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They have the best pastries in Montreal and we can find nothing close in San Diego.
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