So the thing about going to Boston is that everyone has a favorite cannoli spot in Little Italy/North End area and they are all different. I decided to do a taste test to see which cannoli was actually the best. This is a threeway versus post.
I would also like to note that I ordered all mini cannoli with a regular shell and classic ricotta filling.
I would also like to note that I failed the first time at Maria’s and ordered custard filling. DO NOT DO THIS. I am not a custard fan, it was awful and I made this face:
I had to go back later and order a ricotta one so it was a true taste test. I ate 4 mini cannolis so you won’t have to…
Ricotta: Tangy and delicious
Shell: Crunchy but not flakey
Atmosphere: I loved the Italian ladies in the shop and they weren’t overly crowded. They also had other Italian pastries offered.
Would you go back: Absolutely
Ricotta: Very sweet and had a whipped cream after taste
Shell: Light and flakey
Atmosphere: Overcrowded. Felt very kitsch because of the 50 different cannoli flavors they offer. They don’t fill up the cannoli when you order it, almost everything is pre-filled.
Would you go back: Never again
Ricotta: Thick and tangy
Atmosphere: Much more like a real Italian bakery with a teenage son working in the back. Lots of authentic cookies.
Would you go back: My favorite of the three, absolutely