There are salad bars, sushi bars, oyster bars, cupcake bars, coffee bars; in fact, with a certain level of traveling in the Great Food World, you’ll encounter a litany of fun stations devoted to a specific food item. Every so often, even a practiced culinary traveler will come upon something he hadn’t experienced before.
This happened to me at DeCicco & Sons in Brewster passing the bakery department on my way to the dairy section: a cannoli bar. It’s really just a small area atop the main bakery display case with a couple clear containers of cannoli shells, 8 jars showcasing colorful toppings, and a sign describing a three-step ordering process: Choose Your Shell (Plain or Chocolate); Choose Your Size (Small or Large); and, here comes the most exhilarating part, Choose Your Toppings (Chopped Hazelnuts, Traditional Candied Orange Peels, Chopped Pistachios, Chocolate Chips, Crushed Oreos, Crushed Biscoff Cookies, Peanut Butter Chips, and Fruity Pebbles).
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Cannoli (for those living under two rocks and never had one), are the most famous dessert to come out of Sicily, essentially “little tubes” of sugared ricotta piped into a shell of fried pastry dough. DeCicco’s versions are done expertly, a creamy, not-overly-sweet filling in a crunchy/flaky shell. The filling-to-shell ratio is on point, and the orange peels and pistachio varieties were the favorite among my group of sweet-meisters.
And unless you’re six, don’t embarrass yourself and get the Fruity Pebbles — unless nobody else is waiting at the bakery counter with you.
DeCicco & Sons
Ardsley, Armonk, Brewster, Harrison, Larchmont, Millwood, and Pelham
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