Cannolis: A Sweet and Rich Italian Treat!

When it comes to iconic Italian desserts, few treats can rival the classic taste of cannolis. This sweet treat has captured the hearts of dessert lovers worldwide, and for a good reason! That’s why this month at Tammaro’s Cucina, we’re diving in further to explore the art of making this dessert and a little bit of history!

A Look Back in Time

The origins of cannolis can be traced all the way back to Sicily, Italy. These desserts are believed to have been created during the Arab rule of the island in the 9th century. The name “cannoli” is derived from the Arabic word “qanawat,” meaning “a tube” or “a reed.” Initially, cannolis were sweet treats enjoyed during special occasions, such as festivals and weddings.

The Art of Making Cannolis

Creating authentic cannolis is an art form in itself. The process begins with making the shells, which are thin, crispy pastry tubes formed from dough typically made of flour, sugar, and a touch of Marsala wine. This dough is then wrapped around metal tubes or wooden dowels and fried until golden brown and crisp.

The filling is the heart of the cannoli. Traditional Sicilian cannolis are filled with a luscious combination of ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, and sometimes candied fruit or chocolate chips. The ricotta has a velvety texture, while the sweetness is perfectly balanced, ensuring every bite is a heavenly experience!

Fun Facts 

  • The love for the cannoli is so prominent that the U.S. has a day designated for this delicious dessert! June 16th marks “National Cannoli Day,” which makes the perfect excuse to indulge in this sweet treat!
  • While ricotta cheese is the traditional filling, many modern variations use mascarpone, a creamier and less tangy alternative, to achieve a luxurious texture and taste.
  • In 2015, Salvatore Pascale from Italy set a Guinness World Record by making 20 cannolis in just one minute!
  • Some bakeries have started making cannoli chips to meet the demand for innovative cannoli-inspired treats. These chips are made from cannoli dough, baked to a crisp, and served with a side of cannoli filling for dipping.


Settle Your Cravings at Tammaro’s Cucina!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or are looking for a hearty, savory dinner, Tammaro’s has a little bit of everything to satisfy your tastebuds. If you’re curious about all of our delicious food options, check out our online menu or place an online order with us today! In the meantime, we look forward to dining with you!

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