Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You Say Cannolis, I Say Cannoli

On my way home from the Union Square farmer's market, laden with squash, shallots, apples, grapes, and all manner of things healthy and organic, I became fearful that my diet was getting entirely too healthy.  So,  before even unpacking my groceries, I stopped in at the new bakery around the corner, Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, on Stanton between Attorney and Clinton.

I broke my resolve not go all pedantic about cannolis instead of cannoli as soon as I walked in the door.  The owner, Anthony Fontana, who was behind the counter, told me that his mother wasn't too crazy about the name, either, and reminded him that it's "Cannolo, cannoli," but said that he remembers growing up hearing people referring to a box of cannolis. Having grown up in a largely Italian Brooklyn neighborhood, I do, too, and gave in on the point.
The wee cannoli(s) come in an impressive variety of flavors: birthday cake, peanut butter cup, red licorice, cappucino...and lots more, although not all flavors are available every day.  Being of sadly small appetite, I was delighted to be able to get three three-bite cannoli(s) for five bucks.

I chose, left to right, apple pie, plain, and French toast.  The French toast, with little slices of French-toasty- flavored little cookies at either end, was my favorite.  The apple pie was redolent of both apple and cinnamon.  The plain was a fine plain cannoli but, with all the options available, I think I'm going to keep exploring the more recondite flavors.
  I was given a taste of Nutella filling as I was on my way out, which mercifully prevented me from pointing out that, "Stuffed Artisan Cannolis" sound as though the cannoli(s) are made by a stuffed artisan. Perhaps they are; if I spent much time there, I'd be pretty stuffed, too.


Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Barbara Hanson said...

Thanks, Anon; although I may be a bit self-conscious for a few days after your commment.

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