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Cannoli topped with chopped pistachios, candied fruit and chocolate chips sprinkled with confectioner's sugar
Place of originItaly
Region or stateSicily
Main ingredientsfried pastry dough, ricotta filling
VariationsKannoli (Malta), Kanojët (Albania)
Cannoli on display topped with cherries and pistachios

Cannoli (Italian pronunciation: [kan'n?:li]; Sicilian: cannolu) are Italian pastries consisting of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta--a staple of Sicilian cuisine.[1][2] They range in size from 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) to 7.5 inches (19 cm). In mainland Italy, they are commonly known as cannoli siciliani (Sicilian cannoli).


Cannolo is a diminutive of canna, 'cane' or 'tube'.[3]

In Italian, cannoli is grammatically plural; the corresponding singular is cannolo ([kan'n?:lo], Sicilian: cannolu), meaning "little tube". In English, cannoli is usually used as a singular, and cannolo is rare.[4]


Some food historians place the origins of cannoli in 827-1091 AD in Caltaniessetta, the City of Women, by the concubines of princes looking to caputre the prince's attention.[5]

Gaetano Basile merged this legend with other historical traditions to determine [6]Cannoli come from the Palermo and Messina[7] areas and were historically prepared as a treat during Carnevale season, possibly as a fertility symbol.[8] The dessert eventually became a year-round staple in Sicily.

Some similar desserts in Middle Eastern tradition include Zainab's fingers, which are filled with nuts,[9] and qanaw?t, deep fried dough tubes filled with various sweets, which were a popular pastry across the ancient Islamic world. The dish and the name may originate from the Muslim Emirate of Sicily.[10] The Minne Di Sant'Agata or Minni di Virgini, cheese filled half spheres with icing and fruit are sheped like a breast in honour of St Agatha. Feddi ru Cancillieri is a similar cream and apricot jam filled almond cookie designed to look like the rear of a leader. [11]

See also


  1. ^ Gangi, Robert (2006). "Cannoli". Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "The Cannoli of Piana degli Albanesi". A Taste of Travel. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2003, s.v.
  4. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition, 2003 s.v.
  5. ^ "History of Sicilian Cannoli. A Sweet Mystery". JustSicily. 2017-11-14. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "The "spicy" history of cannoli Siciliani". Life in Italy. 2019-09-30. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Scatti di gusto - 30 cannoli siciliani perfetti per un tentativo di classifica definitiva". Scatti di Gusto. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "The Cannoli and It's Rich History | Cannoli Kitchen". 2019-03-26. Retrieved .
  9. ^ Michael Krondl (2011). Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert. Chicago Review Press. p. 102. ISBN 9781556529542.
  10. ^ Paul H. Freedman (2007). Food: The History of Taste (illustrated ed.). University of California Press. p. 159. ISBN 9780520254763.
  11. ^ Petroni, Agostino. "The erotic origins of Italy's most famous sweet". Retrieved .

External links

  • Media related to Cannoli at Wikimedia Commons
  • Cannoli at Study Guide Cookbooks

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