“Leave the gun, take the cannoli”
After tasting cannoli in Sicily, I completely understand these famous words that were uttered in the classic film, The Godfather.
The cannoli of Piana degli Albanesi are just as famous. Famous for being the best cannoli in Sicily
They even celebrate the cannoli at La Festa di Cannoli where a huge cannoli of over four metres long is made.
There are no cannoli on display at the Extrabar dei Fratelli Petta in the main square, so I am confused.
Silly me! A pastry with a reputation such as this, is made to order.
I am taken to a small room at the back of the shop where it all takes place.
Pastry cases are pulled out as well as a large bucket of ricotta.
The ricotta is sensational. No sugar has been added and there is the lightest touch of chocolate.
Quickly put together and eaten just as quickly, they are indeed stunning.
When I ask how they are made, we are told to follow our noses down the street to find the answer.
It’s not hard following the smell of fresh pastry.
Inside the cannoli shells are being made.
The pastry is wrapped around wooded sticks to create the shape.
Popped into the deep fryer.
The sticks are removed and the shells stored until needed. Easy!
Happy with the cannoli, we move on to explore the town
The inhabitants of Piana degli Albanese are descendants of Albanian families that settled in Southern Italy during the Otterman era. They continue their traditions of religion, language and customs. The wearing of their national costume on festive occasions such as Easter is important to them.
The town is very quiet.
There are only a few locals in the square
Others are doing their shopping.
Peaceful Piana degli Albanesi nestled amongst the hills
Extrabar dei Fratelli Petta
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 4
Piana degli Albanesi