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The Best Cannoli in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 14, 2014

best cannoli torontoThe best cannoli in Toronto are the domain of old-school bakeries and a few new, but always-reverential Italian chefs. Whether you like ricotta or custard, the GTA's best examples have one thing in common: The bakers pipe the filling into the sugar-dusted shell fresh for that perfect contrast of creaminess and crispness.

Here are the best cannoli in Toronto.

See also: The Best Italian Bakeries in Toronto

Rustic Bakery

Rustic Bakery

Cannoli at this North York institution are available in a variety of styles (each $1.25) that include the classic Sicilian ricotta-filled varieties, as well as versions filled with custard, chocolate custard or dipped in chocolate and topped with fancy garnishes. More »

North Pole Bakery

North Pole Bakery

You will not find trays of cannoli on display at this traditional Italian bake shop on the Danforth, but those in the know get batches to order. Here the creamy ricotta filling and crunchy shells boast the optimal contrast in texture - a sure sign of freshness. More »

Francesca Italian Bakery

Francesca Italian Bakery

The authentic cannoli at this Scarborough bakery are crowd pleasers that see a choice of sweet ricotta or vanilla custard piped into blistering, deep-fried shells for $2.35 each. More »

Bar Buca

Bar Buca

The cannoli at Chef Rob Gentile's Italian bar on Portland are made fresh daily, piped with a mix of whipped buffalo ricotta and sweetened mascarpone with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Studded with chocolate chips and garnished with candied orange and chopped pistachios, these are as beautiful as they are delicious. More »

Messina Bakery

Messina Bakery

In business since 1970, this family-run bakery in Etobicoke proudly adheres to recipes passed down through generations. The Sicilian cannoli here are renowned for their crunchy exteriors and subtly sweet, creamy cheese-filled interiors. More »

Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari Bakery

The ricotta-filled cannoli at this family-owned operation have been a constant fave over their 50 years in business. Their cannoli are said to rival even those in the Old Country and come two sizes, a miniature snack size for $1.25, or a full-sized cannolo for $1.95. More »

Riviera Bakery

Riviera Bakery

The light, crisp shells at this bakery cafe in Little Italy are filled with vanilla custard ($2.25) or zesty, citrus-tinged ricotta cheese ($2.75). A light sprinkling of icing sugar sweetens the deal. More »

Nino D'Aversa

Nino D'Aversa

Choose between Cannoli Siciliani with ricotta and Cannoli Sfoglia with chocolate or vanilla custard at this Italian bakery with locations across the GTA. The Siciliani sell for $2 and the Sfoglia for $1.50 - making it hard to resist getting both. More »

LaManna's Bakery

LaManna's Bakery

Located on Kingston Road in Scarborough, this Italian bakery excels at pastries (and lasagna, and well, everything else I tried, too). The ricotta-filled cannoli ($1.56) are not to be missed, the filling is sweet and dense while the shell retains optimal crispiness. More »

Sud Forno

Sud Forno

Step into this Terroni spin-off and just try not to drool all over the pastry case, where delicate cannoli shells are stuffed with a dense, rich cheese and finished with candied orange and crushed pistachios. Minis sell for $1.50 while full-sized cannoli are $3. More »

La Rose

La Rose

This longstanding Etobicoke bakery is stocked with all things Italian, including delectable prepared foods like veal sandwiches and pizzas. Not to be missed are the classic cannoli sold for $1.25 each. More »

Commisso Brothers

Commisso Brothers

The famous cannoli ($1.25) are displayed in the pastry counter along with other Italian confections at this bakery in the Castlefield Design District. Better still, this joint is open 24 hours a day, so you can get that cannoli fix at any hour. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

shan / November 14, 2014 at 01:16 pm
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leave the cupcakes, take the cannoli
Alfredo / November 14, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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Totally invalid - no mention of San Remo
http://www.sanremobakery.com/
Tania / November 14, 2014 at 01:47 pm
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Tre Mari should be #1!!!!
michael / November 14, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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http://bigcannoli.ca/
Stasia / November 14, 2014 at 02:07 pm
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How is Calabria in Scarborough not mentioned??
Emily / November 14, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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NODO should at least be mentioned on this list. Probably near the top of the list!
Mark replying to a comment from Alfredo / November 14, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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Totally agree - they don't just make the best Apple Fritter in the city...
mrshakur / November 14, 2014 at 02:26 pm
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Sicilia Bakery in Vaughn. It's a trek, dirty and obscure but damn good.
Nad / November 14, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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The Big Cannoli in Vaughan is hands down the best!!
Juice Terry / November 14, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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On the eighth day, BlogTO declared "Let there be [junk food item]" and so it came to be. And BlogTO ranked the [junk food item] from first to last, despite the fact that they were largely generic and easy to find.
S replying to a comment from Juice Terry / November 14, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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And on everyday, the commenters sayeth their incessant complaints.
Om NomNomNom / November 14, 2014 at 05:04 pm
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The cannoli at Calabria on Midland Ave are also in the realm of best in Toronto, and they are as good as Lamanna's as far as I can tell. Lamanna's also has incredibly good sfogliatele (not sure if correctly spelled) pastries which are even more melt in your mouth than the cannoli. Bonus for Lamanna's is that it is so close to the Rouge Valley park southern trail head.
Geoff / November 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm
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What's a canaloni? I've never actually had one. I've heard of them and seen them on movies and TV.
Vaalerie / November 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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Those are all the same cannoli shells in all bakeries except 2-3...must be different fillings to make them different., can't wait to visit each one and drop off samples. Awesome!
Vaalerie / November 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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http://vimeo.com/111704276
What? / November 15, 2014 at 01:21 am
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No requests for gluten free cannoli?
Nancy / November 15, 2014 at 07:44 am
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I love cannoli been eating them my whole life, tried many in my life time, even this summer went to Sciliy had the cannoli but in Toronto by far Scilian ice cream cafe on college st, makes the best cannoli I've ever tasted, I challage to go have one you will add them to the best cannoli in Toronto
Daniela / November 15, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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Piccolo Forno in Woodbridge on Hwy 27 has the absolute best, most authentic sicilian cannoli!
Che glue? / November 15, 2014 at 06:09 pm
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Try asking an Italian baker if they make gluten free cannoli! Lol! Gluten free does not exist in the Italian vocabulary!
frank / November 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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List is interesting. However, I think that Tre Rose Bakery, in Etobicoke, should not only be mentioned, but should be by the top. I live right next to La Rose, and I travel further to go to Tre Rose, for the cannoli.
Eric / November 16, 2014 at 08:39 pm
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Dorio's hasn't had a location in Toronto for years! The bakery on Bradstock is long closed and now they're only located in Kettleby. I would have voted for them if they still existed as they were the best but are sadly no more. Just because you reviewed a place once, doesn't mean it still exists.
@Geoff / November 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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Canaloni and cannoli are two different things Geoff. Canaloni is a flat pasta, same as lasagna pasta, rolled, filled with ricotta, minced meat, cheese, spinach,toped with sauce and baked,there are different variations, almost like lasagna. Cannoli is a pastry with a hard shell filled with Italian ricotta,it's a dessert.
Westender / November 18, 2014 at 06:45 am
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Although San Remo and Tre Mari are worthy contenders, there should be some love for Irene's Celebrity Cakes in Mississauga where the cannoli are filled FRESH before your eyes! bellissima!
Amy / November 19, 2014 at 10:42 am
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Um what about SanRemo Bakery!?
tim / November 19, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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...and Riviera Bakery was just closed due to a rodent infestation

http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/11/this_week_on_dinesafe_riviera_bakery_green_mango_amaya_express_beijing_dumplings_raw_juice_guru/
Sudoka replying to a comment from Che glue? / November 24, 2014 at 01:58 pm
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You couldn't be more wrong about Italy and gluten intolerance. My friend travelled there recently, and was amazed by the amount of gluten free options available to here. As this article states, "Wheat’s prevalence in Italian cuisine has made Italians especially conscious of celiac disease and Italy one of Europe’s best destinations for food-conscious travelers avoiding gluten. Celiac disease was recognized as a serious condition there sooner than in the United States or elsewhere in Europe. The Associazione Italiana Celiachia, or AiC, Italy’s celiac association, was founded in 1979; today many of the world’s leading experts on celiac disease are Italian." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/travel/gluten-free-dining-in-italy.html
Sudoka replying to a comment from Che glue? / November 24, 2014 at 01:59 pm
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You couldn't be more wrong about Italy and gluten intolerance. My friend travelled there recently, and was amazed by the amount of gluten free options available to here. As this article states, "Wheat’s prevalence in Italian cuisine has made Italians especially conscious of celiac disease and Italy one of Europe’s best destinations for food-conscious travelers avoiding gluten. Celiac disease was recognized as a serious condition there sooner than in the United States or elsewhere in Europe. The Associazione Italiana Celiachia, or AiC, Italy’s celiac association, was founded in 1979; today many of the world’s leading experts on celiac disease are Italian." http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/travel/gluten-free-dining-in-italy.html
Sudoka / November 24, 2014 at 02:06 pm
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Sorry for the double post. Damned refresh button.
Horrified to learn about Riviera bakery. I thought it was just closed down for renovations. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww
anthony / December 11, 2014 at 09:54 pm
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who the hell lives in Scarborough anyway? that place should fall off the face of the earth.

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