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BEST Cannoli

2013 BEST Cannoli



These Italian masterpieces are filled to order, with a light, crunchy pastry shell that perfectly balances the smooth ricotta (ask for powdered sugar on top if you like things on the sweeter side). And yes, even after 30 years in… read more»

2012 BEST Cannoli

Cafe Paradiso


The finest cannoli is in the North End, but it’s not where you might think. To satisfy our craving for the classic pastry, we slip into Caffé Paradiso’s dimly lit shop and head straight to the bakery case in back…. read more»

2009 BEST Cannoli

Modern Pastry


The North End’s bakeries are famous for long lines and cannoli, but the latter doesn’t always justify the former. Among far too many soggy pretenders, this crisp shell filled with silky-smooth ricotta cream is unquestionably worth the wait. read more»

1999 BEST Cannoli

Modern Pastry Shop


Don’t ever trust a bakery with prefilled cannoli. Modern fills them on the spot, so you don’t get soggy cylinders found at so many pastry counters. The shell of this perfect cannoli is light and flaky, never greasy, and the… read more»

1998 BEST Cannoli

Maria’s Pastry Shop


Fresh, chilled, and creamy sweet, the ricotta filling gushes from the flaky cannoli shells at Maria’s, making these pastries not only the area’s best, but at $1.25 per, among the most affordable. No stale tourist treats here. read more»

1997 BEST Cannoli

Modern Pastry Shop


Cannoli should never be filled until you enter the bakery and say, “Four cannoli, please.” At which point the white-smocked helper at Modern will slip into the back of the shop, return with four freshly filled pastries, give them a… read more»

1985 BEST Cannoli

Café Roma

East Boston

Better than what the North End has to offer. read more»