Cannolo, which is probably the best-known Sicilian pastry, is a crust filled with cream. It takes its name from its long tubular shape and traces its roots to the Middle Ages. In the ninth century the Arabs brought sugar cane to Sicily, thus changing the sweeteners used in confectionery. Previously honey was used to sweeten Sicilian sweets. The cheese cream used to fill cannoli is sweetened with sugar, and is based on a recipe very similar to that used to make the cream for cassata.
The term cannolo comes to us from a diminutive form of canna (a cane-like reed), such as a sugar cane stalk. In medieval times the tubular shell shape was formed by rolling the paste into a flat, circular shape, then wrapping it around a sugar cane stalk. A finger-size miniature version is called the sigaretta (cigarette). Legends abound, but it appears that cannoli were invented in western Sicily, probably in Palermo or its vicinity.
They became a springtime item, associated with Fat Tuesday (Carnevale) because the sheep produce more milk for ricotta in the spring when their grazing pastures are green. Spring is still the best time to buy “pecorino” (sheep) ricotta in Sicily.
SicilyAmo is a Sicilian Pastry Shop in the heart of London.
It has been recently founded but it comes from several years of experience, passion and tradition.
Visit us and taste:
- Our masterpieces: Mr Cannolo and Mrs Arancina
- Breakfast deal: Homemade croissants and delicious hot drinks
-Sicilian cakes and pastries
-Tasty lunch options
- Italian-style afternoon tea
We look forward to welcoming you at SicilyAmo!
187 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 7PQ
Phone: 020 7637 5559
Monday: 07:00 am - 12am
Tuesday: 07:00 am - 12am
Wednesday: 07:00 am - 12am
Thursday: 07:00 am - 12am
Friday: 07:00 am - 12am
Saturday: 8:00 am - 12am
Sunday: 8:00 am - 12am