Pasticceria Alati-Caserta is located in the heart of Little Italy, a most charming neighbourhood in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough in Montreal, and has been in business for over 50 years. Although they have a wide range of cakes, cookies and other Italian pastries, I wanted to focus specifically on their cannoli.
Before I moved to “La Petite Italie”, I had only heard of cannoli through Tony Soprano, the likeable mobster from the HBO hit series ‘The Sopranos’. He seemed to enjoy it. And I must confess, this tube-shaped Sicilian pastry has comforted me during many lonely moments since moving here, *enter sad violin music*. Pasticceria Alati-Caserta is right around my corner, so it’s hard to resist whenever I get a craving. Creamy ricotta wrapped in a crispy blanket… Mio Dio!
Little Italy is a great neighbourhood to feast on sweets and pastries. In and around Jean Talon Market, you can find a few great bakeries. However, I strongly recommend a pit stop at Pasticceria Alati-Caserta. Cross the street and devour your “divine” cannoli in Dante Park, named after Italian poet Dante Alighieri. See what I did there…?