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The Best Cannoli in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / July 13, 2011

Cannoli TorontoThe best cannoli in Toronto are often found outside of Toronto proper. At least according to this list. It seems Etobicoke and Scarborough each hold their own when it comes to mastering the Italian pastry, finding the perfect symmetry of crisp shell and creamy ricotta or custard filling. Of course, Corso Italia and Little Italy both have quality cannoli to boast; though it's less about the neighbourhood and more (or all) about finding that real authentic taste. And, of course, how to make it last.

Here is the best cannoli in Toronto.

Photos by Jesse Milns, Dar Mustafa and Dennis Marciniak.

SanRemo Bakery

SanRemo Bakery

An authentic family-owned Italian bakery, SanRemo makes its cannoli with homemade deep fried pastry shell filled with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips. For a little added sweetness, SanRemo tosses in candied fruit peels and adds a light dusting of icing sugar. Take that, Sicily. $2.50 Each. More »

Francesca Italian Bakery

Francesca Italian Bakery

The name alone tells you it must be good. Francesca's cannoli is more than just a light snack, made with a nice crisp shell and sweet ricotta filling. The bakery also offers custard-filled cannoli for those looking for something extra creamy. $2.35 Each. More »

La Rose Bakery

La Rose Bakery

La Rose Bakery in Etobicoke has everything Italian, including veal sandwiches, pizzas, fresh cheeses, and more. You would think its cannoli would get lost in all of those offerings, but alas, not so, say its faithful fans. Cannoli at La Rose is sold by weight. More »

Tre Mari Bakery

Tre Mari Bakery

Family-owned for over 50 years, the cannoli at Tre Mari Bakery are said to rival some of the best of Italy. Tre Mari makes its ricotta-filled cannoli in two sizes; a smaller snack size for $1.25, and a full-sized cannolo for $1.95. More »

Nino D'Aversa

Nino D'Aversa

Nino D'Aversa in North York offers two cannoli varieties. Its signature Cannoli Siciliani and its Cannoli Sfoglia. The Cannoli Siciliani is made with fresh ricotta cheese, and the Cannoli Sfoglia is made with either chocolate or vanilla custard. Cannoli are $2.00 (Siciliani) and $1.50 (Sfoglia). More »

Riviera Bakery

Riviera Bakery

Riviera Bakery in Little Italy is my place for cannoli. While it makes a cream cannoli filled with vanilla custard ($2.25), my allegiance is forever to its Sicilian cannoli with its crisp shell, creamy ricotta cheese, and light sprinkling of icing sugar. Riviera's Sicilian cannoli are $2.75 each. More »

Dorio's Italian Bakery

Dorio's Italian Bakery

Dorio's Italian Bakery has lots of little Italian pastries including tiramisu, zeppole, and of course, cannoli. Dorio's Sicilian cannoli is made fresh daily with a creamy ricotta filling and light, crisp shell. And for just $1.69, it's hard to resist getting two. More »

Commisso Brothers & Racco Italian Bakery

Commisso Brothers & Racco Italian Bakery

If you're pining for a cannoli at 2 a.m. (and a good one, at that) Commisso Brothers & Racco Italian Bakery is open 24 hours at its location on Kincort Street. Offering sandwiches, pastas, fresh bread, and Italian pastries, neighbourhood locals have been dropping by for cannoli for decades. $1.25 Each. More »

Discussion

28 Comments

REXDALE / July 13, 2011 at 10:09 am
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San Remo !
DEEEELISH
Brandon / July 13, 2011 at 10:17 am
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Om nom nom nom nom
Huda / July 13, 2011 at 10:37 am
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Alice Fazooli's has really good cannoli too.
Frank replying to a comment from Huda / July 13, 2011 at 10:39 am
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Huda, are you fu*cking kidding me? I bet you you think Ragu makes a nice sauce right?
mikeb / July 13, 2011 at 11:30 am
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Messina Bakery on Scarlett Road makes better cannoli than Tre Mari. Tre Mari has very good amaretti and Vienna Sticks
Johnny Trumba replying to a comment from mikeb / July 13, 2011 at 11:56 am
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I disagree. You are right Tre mari does have great Vienna Sticks and their amaretti are quite fresh and delicious. But that does not take away from their homemade Ricotta and Vanilla Custard cream. This blog didn't mention that Tre Mari also makes their own Sfoglia canollis which are FANTASTIC! Great Bakery overall.
JD / July 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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Rustic Bakery is missing on this list. Definitely some of the best Cannoli I've had.
NA / July 13, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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Wow. I am Italian and I have tasted MANY cannoli and San Remo Cannoli are so horrible they shouldn't even be in the top 50 list. This is very surprising to me, because usually the lists on here are quite accurate. All the desserts in that bakery are fake italian desserts...... too bad because I live very close and drive an extra 10 minutes to get to a real italian bakery.
Gonzo / July 13, 2011 at 03:04 pm
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We need a cannoli stand that moves forwards, not backwards! Upwards not downwards and always twirling, TWIRLING!!!!!
James / July 14, 2011 at 03:16 am
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This photo made ​​me hungry.
I want to try the bread...
a / July 14, 2011 at 10:32 pm
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My dad says San Remo must have paid you to put them as number one....they suck. (we're italian and LOVE cannoli)

Where's Rustic!?
Lina replying to a comment from Frank / July 31, 2011 at 06:45 pm
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Take it easy Frank!


Tre Mari is a GREAT bakery!
dan / August 20, 2011 at 07:41 pm
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nino :)
http://www.wesisearch.com/blog/?p=54
Ross / February 2, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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The best cannoli ,in my humble opinion, can be found at La Sem and Irene's Celebrity Cakes, both in MIssissauga on Eglinton, west of Dixie Rd..
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:51 pm
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Rustic Bakery is missing on this list. Definitely some of the best Cannoli I've had.
Juliet / October 11, 2012 at 01:08 pm
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SanRemo Bakery is superb and their cannoli is truly the best!
Carmen Correia / October 12, 2012 at 12:25 am
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The BEST can be found at L'unita Restaurant. Hands down. xo
joseph marchese / October 14, 2012 at 10:57 am
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ummmmmm...where is messina bakery??? san remo? that's a joke right?
charlie / October 15, 2012 at 09:41 am
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Any List without Messina bakery on it cannot be taken seriously.They have by far the best cannolis in the city
james / January 14, 2013 at 01:49 pm
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the best canollo so far its at Espressamente Illy Yorkdale mall.

Amazing
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Amanda / July 8, 2013 at 09:36 pm
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Just to be clear, "cannolo" is the singular, and "cannoli" is plural (sorry - pet peeve!)

Personally, I find SanRemo to be not so bad as others are saying, but definitely think Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe (on College) is missing as they are the best I've ever tried (and I've tried a lot of cannoli!) Also, La Piccola Rosa in Woodbridge is awesome! ...Even though this is a Toronto list ;)
Ian / November 6, 2013 at 01:06 pm
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I am very surprised that The Rustic Bakery on Rustic Road (http://therusticbakery.ca) did not make this list. When I was there yesterday, there was a guy in line who came all the way from Markham for a box of their cannoli.
Funny thing is that I was there as a favor for a neighbor to pick up a custom cake for his daughters birthday. I had never had a connoli before, so after this guy told me how far he traveled, I had to try one. after the first bike, I was hooked... I walked out with a dozen.
Joe Foodie / December 13, 2013 at 05:19 pm
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yup I vote Rustic best in Toronto. In Woodbridge hands down Il Piccolo Forno has no equal!!
Woodbridge / December 25, 2013 at 09:07 am
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Nino d'aversa ! Mafioso approved!
dceci / February 14, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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Has anyone tried NORTH POLE BAKERY on Danforth Avenue
Rose works there she makes the best cannoli & her rice balls are to die for!!!

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