First Stop on a Long Voyage

I have just finished my search for the best cannoli in Northern Virginia. In this post, I could tell you the name of the little, wonderful place that creates the sweetest tube of magnificence in a 10-mile radius, but it doesn’t seem fair to just tell you right now after I’ve spent months on a long, arduous journey filled with calories and wasted money. I want you to emerge with me on this foodie trip wiping powdered sugar from your face too. So let’s be dessert snobs together and review the first place I stopped!

Jimmy’s NY Pizza located in Sterling, VA


  • Price: $3.50
  • Appearance of shell: Darker in color than usual (maybe added some cocoa or cinnamon?)
  • Texture of shell: Nice and flaky, despite the fact that it was swimming in chocolate syrup. Tasted fresh.
  • Taste of shell: Pleasant hint of almond.
  • Texture of filling: Smooth and creamy, consistency is too thin and seems more like sour cream, appears to be more processed than the real deal.
  • Taste of filling: Perhaps a little too sweet/not cheesy enough, generous amount of chocolate chips (thankfully not hard or crunchy).
  • Toppings: Powdered sugar and chocolate syrup.


  • Additional note: I have never seen anyone pour chocolate syrup ON TOP of this dessert before (sure you see it garnished on a plate in a restaurant, but I ordered this as a carryout item). Very bizarre to see, awkward to eat, and it masks the flavor too much. It also has the potential of making the crust pretty soggy if you don’t eat it quickly.

Everyone has different factors for deciding what makes one thing better than another. For me, if cannoli aren’t filled all the way through with cream, they are not worth the money or calories. It’s a sin to recommend half empty cannoli to your friends. And this one was EXTREMELY lacking in that department. Everyone knows cannoli shells aren’t supposed to be filled with air. Therefore, this is sadly not the best cannoli in Northern Virginia. Shucks, I was really hoping to hit the goldmine on my first stop.


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I’ll Take the Cannoli!

We all know the saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” And I suppose there is more than one way, but who in their right mind really wants to list out all the various methods? Perhaps a freaky combination of Forrest Gump and Ed Gein?

My point is it’s about time someone revamps this old, twisted saying. And I have just the right one: “There’s more than one way to make cannoli.”

Growing up in an Italian home and gorging on pastries at every family function, I have learned that there is more than one approach to creating cannoli. Sure, they all look the same — just a cylindrical pastry filled with cream. But I’m about to prove to you that there isn’t just one way to prepare quite possibly the most delicious dessert paired with espresso. How will you support this statement, you ask? Well, I intend to say, “I’ll take the cannoli” every single time I see it offered on a menu, be it a local pizza place or a national chain. Then I will appraise it. Hopefully by the end of my cannoli expedition, anyone in the Northern Virginia area will be able to find a place that offers the most holy cannoli that makes them feel like they just bought them at Ferrara Bakery in NYC (bakery¬† site is linked below – you can actually order from them, which is a fantastic feature if you’re as addicted to their soft pignoli cookies as I am).

So let’s start judging a cannolo by its shell. Oh yeah, and leave the gun in the car.

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