One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
plural nounNorth American
A dessert consisting of small deep-fried pastry tubes with a creamy filling, typically of sweetened ricotta cheese.
- ‘And friends of mine swear by the dense, super-sweet cannoli at Nicolosi Pastry Shop in Encino.’
- ‘The Sicilians are also known for their desserts, including their gelato Siciliano (Sicilian ice cream) and cannoli, a fried pastry stuffed with ricotta cheese and candied fruit.’
- ‘Then we walked uptown to the EV, and then had some cannoli and coffee, followed by a trip to St. Mark's Books.’
- ‘We were on our way to Film Forum for a festival of Westerns, but first we stopped into Rocco's pastry shop for some cannoli.’
- ‘Keep in mind that the portions are hearty enough for an athlete, so make sure to leave some space for dessert at the end of the meal - possibly the best cannoli I've ever had.’
Italian, from canna ‘reed’.
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