What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
What: Ricotta filled (I don’t eat the chocolate ones….they’re too sweet and reserved for my dad and husband) mini cannoli from San Remo’s Bakery in Berlin, CT
Why they’re better than your prompt answer: Filled to order for each customer, these hand-rolled and piped cannoli are just the right size to be eaten en masse without guilt. The smooth, semi-sweet ricotta filling is just sugary enough to satisfy the craving without being cloying. You can’t find cannoli like this ANYWHERE ELSE (and believe me, I’ve tried!). They’re little bites of heavenly, dessert perfection, served across glass cases by their family to yours. *kisses all five of her fingers in a pantomime of “De-lish!”*
A Christmas and Easter staple, no trip to my grandparents’ house is complete without a detour to San Remo’s. In the time it takes for them to fill your dozen cannoli, you’ve already decided that you also ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE a pound of ricciarelli, and maybe some chruscik, and, while you’re at it, a half dozen pizelles for ice cream later.
You’re damn right I made time to stop at San Remo’s while I was visiting family over the summer. There’s something about these tiny pastries that makes you forget everything else with just that first little bit. Stop in, have a small slice of fresh calzone, and finish it off with two or three of these culinary wonders. I can’t think of anything better.