There is only one thing you need to know about legendary T. Cavallaro & Sons.
Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne! Best cannoli in Melbourne!
Even my Sicilian friend agrees that the cannolis made by this old-time family-owned Italian pasticceria are ‘perfetto’. The gently crispy, slightly puffy shells are made every Tuesday and Wednesday in the small kitchen out the back of the narrow shop front that hasn’t changed much since the 50s. The almond-flecked whipped ricotta or vanilla/chocolate patisserie cream fillings are hand-piped to order to complete the pastry and to ensure that there’s no risk of sogginess.
You can buy a normal sized cannoli for $3.40 but I actually recommend getting mini cannoli instead ($2.30) as I think their smaller size creates a more pleasurable crunchy pastry-to-creamy filling ratio. And it also means you can eat more than one at a time!
The history behind the shop is also interesting and the shop lady pulled me aside to show off their wall of fame covered with photos and stories. The current owners are sons of the original cannoli master, Tommaso Cavallaro of Lipari, Sicily, who opened the shop in 1956 using his family’s traditional recipes. The story goes that Signor T. Cavallaro would take the train to the MCG and sell pastries to the spectators at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. And certainly a steady stream of cannoli lovers have been making the trip to the Footscray store ever since.
T. Cavallaro & Sons also serve other traditional Sicilian desserts piled on their glass counter, including delectable chocolate covered Italian nougat, frangipane tarts and a wide selection of different flavoured biscotti. They are obviously very proud of their products – once I pulled out my camera the wife of one of the owners bustled out the back of the store to get me some fresh cannoli to photograph and pressed me to try their excellent chewy amaretti ($5 for 100g). There are a couple of tiny tables where you can sit and have a coffee with your sweets too.
So, there is only one more thing you need to know about legendary T. Cavallaro & Sons. Worth the trip.
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