Friday, November 04, 2005


After four years in this country I finally found, for the first time, cannoli - the greatest pastry in the world. In New Brunswick there was nothing Italian, but here in Ottawa I ventured to Preston Street, the city's "Little Italy" and found a pasticceria that sold the beautiful ricotta cream-filled shells. This particular shop uses chocolate chips in their filling and tops the ends off with marascino cherries, a very Sicilian thing to do. Sometimes people put orange peel or other candied fruit. We bought a half dozen for tonight's dessert, so I'll update you on how they were. I expect they're a success. The pastry probably has the most fame from the oft-quoted line from "The Godfather", which took place after a murder on the way home from the bakery.