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The Best Cannoli in Toronto

The 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
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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.

North Pole Bakery
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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.


Francesca Italian Bakery
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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.


Bar Buca
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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.


Messina Bakery
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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.

Tre Mari Bakery
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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.



Riviera Bakery
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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.

Nino D'Aversa
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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.


Lamanna's Bakery
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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.


Sud Forno
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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.


La Rose Bakery
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La Rose Bakery

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.

Commisso Brothers
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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.

The Best Cannoli in Toronto


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