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Cannoli Express: Magic On Your Doorstep

Posted by Bryan / March 17, 2013

Cannoli.jpeg Winter just doesn't seem to want to go away. Temperatures are dipping back below -10, snow is on the way later this week and some of us are wondering whether we're in Montreal or Winterfell. A great antidote? Have some southern Italian sunshine delivered right to your doorstep!

Cannoli are a well-known Sicilian dessert made up of a roll of crispy deep-fried dough and traditionally stuffed with a sweet ricotta filling. They used to be eaten around Carnevale in late January-early February, but now people eat them all year-round. Whatever you do, please, don't call them "Cannolis". Cannoli is already pluralized, if you're referring to one, call it a cannolo.

Having lived in New York, I was used to the delicious cannoli made at Veniero's and Ferrara's, so when I heard about Cannoli Express, I was very intrigued. Montreal doesn't have enough good delivery services, and the idea of having freshly-made cannoli brought to my door perfectly combined convenience with my love for Italian pastry.

Cannolibox.jpeg The cannoli arrived in a delicately packaged box, and I couldn't wait to dig in to them. Cannoli Express offers two sizes of cannoli; the regular large size (which are sold by the dozen) and smaller "baby" cannoli (sold as a double dozen). The sampler I received included three flavours: Nutella, Milk-Chocolate Peanut Butter and the traditional Ricotta (in both regular and baby sizes). I was impressed by the quality of the pastry shell: slightly sweet with a crispy and airy texture. What really surprised me was how crispy the pastry shell was even a day or two afterward. A soggy cannolo is one of life's miniature tragedies. Those from Cannoli Express stayed fresh and tasted as good on their third day as they did when they were first delivered.

As far as the flavours go, my favourite was the traditional ricotta. The Nutella cannolo had a nice chocolate-hazelnut taste which wasn't overpowering. The milk-chocolate peanut butter was a little more intense and tasted like a combination between a cannolo and a Resse's peanut-butter cup. I preferred the portion-size of the baby cannoli, though the larger ones could be good for breakfast or for a more intense dessert.

At 32.99 for a dozen Cannoli, the one downside to this little piece of heaven is that it's a little pricey if you're only ordering for one or two people. If you're having a dinner or brunch party, though, it's a great service and can save you a special trip. Their delivery area is also quite large (from the website, it seems that they will deliver anywhere on the island of Montreal). Deliveries are from Monday - Sunday from 8am-9pm and you usually need to order a day in advance (though they also do same-day delivery if that's what you need). If you need to have your delivery scheduled for a specific time, they add a $10 delivery fee.

Now if only there were an espresso or grappa delivery service in Montreal...

CannoliXpress.jpegCannoli Express
http://www.cannoliexpress.ca/
514-476-8905
service@cannoliexpress.ca

Discussion

3 Comments

Francis / March 18, 2013 at 08:10 am
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The Nutella Cannoli are absolutely delicious! I had them for Christmas and im going to order some for Easter.
Amanda Carreira / March 18, 2013 at 09:11 am
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Had cannoli at my baby shower. The moment they were put out on display they were gone. Should have ordered more. Love them and love the people.
Amie / March 19, 2013 at 08:05 pm
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Agreed about the grappa. I'd prefer limoncello, though. Now THAT would be liquid sunshine.
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