Behold the glory that is a filled-to-order cannoli: a crisp pastry shell encasing rich, milky ricotta. And how about mixing in bitter chocolate chips and finishing it off with crushed pistachios?
D’Aiuto’s Pastry Corporation is known for its cheesecakes, and also mixes up good Italian ices, although the cookies always look a bit sad and neglected. If you happen to be walking by, the best choice for a hand-held, delicious gutbomb is a cannoli. Fork out your three bucks and get the freshly filled confection in your hot little hand; crunch through the pastry into chocolate-and-pistachio-laced ricotta.
D’Aiuto’s pastry shell is perhaps a bit tough, lacking delicacy. Still, when you see that empty tube being plucked off the shelf, and a gruff lady wielding a pastry bag bulging with ricotta, you know you’re in for something good.
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