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The Best Cannoli in Rome: at a Price!

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January 24, 2018 / Italian / By
Anna

 

"Leave the gun; take the cannoli": my favorite "Godfather" line.

A treat when in Rome is a stroll down Via Condotti window shopping or even making a few purchases in the designer shops. Summer or winter, there is no better way to spoil yourself than to stop for a coffee at Caffè Greco. There has been a coffee shop here for over 200 years, so they are serious about the art of coffee making.

A quick shot of espresso standing at the bar is the cheapest option in this high-end café and many people opt for this.  Recently, I decided to let The Tall Guy in on this hither to secret pleasure of mine. I had not been deliberately secretive; it had just never come up.

Standing at the bar really seemed like an opportunity missed, so we settled down at a table for two and looked about, admiring the elegant surroundings.  There were smartly dressed couples indulging themselves as we were about to, there were tourists with beautifully dressed children clearly enjoying a special treat with mummy and there were successful shoppers with a few expensive looking bags tucked under their tables.

On a whim I asked the waiter if they had cannoli. Of course they did and there were a couple of flavors. We both chose pistachio, then wished one of us had chosen orange, but it was too late.  A waiter strode by with a tray laden with empty cannoli shells and I knew that we were in for something delicious. It is my experience that the only cannoli worth eating are the ones filled fresh as they are ordered - no soggy shells from sitting too long.

These cannoli proved my point perfectly. They were crisp on the outside and filled with delicious ricotta not too highly sweetened and delicately flavored with pistachio. Blissful! The cappuccino was very good too. We both felt that it had been a worthwhile treat.

Then the bill came. To be fair, I had expected it to be expensive. Compared to our little village where the price ranges from €1.00 to €1.20, in Rome, it is normal to pay €3-4.00 for a coffee even if you are standing at the bar, more if you sit down and a waiter serves you. I suspected this was going to be a lot more and had insisted that it was my treat. Just as well, as the pleasure of the outing may have vanished completely for The Tall Guy had he known I paid €45 for two coffees, two cannoli and two glasses of water. I'd made him an offer he couldn't refuse and I still maintain it was and is worth it once in a while.

But for a real-world treat at a bargain price, read on.

Norcia's main piazza, with reconstruction of the earthquake-ravaged Basilica of St Benedict well underway.

A few weeks later we had to go to Norcia because despite the destructive earthquake it suffered in 2016, its hospital is still functioning and serving the wider Umbrian area. Having completed our business we called into the town for a coffee. Only a few shops in the main street are operating as many have been relocated to a purpose-built area outside the damaged town walls. In a little bar, a survivor of the quake, we had a delicious couple of filled pastries and two perfect cappuccini for only €4. Yes, they were pastries and not cannoli but . . . . . 

A wonderful cappuccino and a delicious pastry at a table of your choice for just €2: courtesy of Pasticceria Dolcezze, Norcia.


Antico Caffe Greco

Country: Italy

Province/State: Lazio

City: Rome

Address: Via dei Condotti, 86

Zip/Post Code: 00187

Location Tips: close to Piazza di Spagna

Phone: +39 6 679 1700

Website:http://www.anticocaffegre...

Price Guide:$$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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