UPDATE: 1/1/2011 The Store is closed but this thriving business live son in street fairs and pop-up businesses.
For an excellent dessert that’s both a little different and still somehow very traditional, get yourself down to Artisanal Cannolis. It isn’t a new operation, they came into commercial being almost 4 years ago after making a splash at the 2008 San Gennaro festival with their pumpkin pie cannoli. After that success they decided to open a bricks and mortar store in the East Village.
It’s easy to see why their recipe caught on. Their cannolis aren’t too sweet and the ricotta filling is mild, smooth and creamy–instead of the frosting-like fillings I have had elsewhere. Since the filling base is mild, it allows their specialty flavors, such as nutella, to shine through. They source their ricotta locally and seem to be very serious about every ingredient that goes into their cannolis.
Another great thing about going to the Artisanal Cannolis store, besides chatting with the owner, is that you can try many of their 78 flavors (yup, 78!) without getting too full and without dropping too much coin. You get three cannolis for $5.00– so if you go with a few friends you can easily try a dozen flavors or more. You can also order cannolis for a party or even wholesale, if you buy enough, though, it’s not nearly as fun as stopping by the shop.
When you go be sure to try the alcohol infused flavors like the Chambord Black Cherry and White Russian. Artisanal Stuffed Cannolis is located on 176 Stanton St. (Clinton and Attorney St.). Their website is here.