My Mission: Try to find cannoli in Portland Oregon
Why?: My reasons are two-fold: The first being cannoli is generally difficult to find so it is a small victory in and of itself when I get a chance to actually eat one. Secondly, they are just so freaking awesome!
Traditional Cannoli: A Sicilian dessert of tube-shaped shells of fried dough which is then filled with a sweet creamy mixture containing ricotta cheese. The ends can be left plain or dipped in pistachio (my preference) or chocolate chips.
Cannoli is one of my favorite desserts so if I see it offered on a menu I will order it. I can find a great version of it ~with a twist~ at Andina, a Peruvian restaurant in the Pearl District of Portland Oregon. This is one of my favorite places to eat because it offers interesting drinks, meals and tapas made with many ingredients I have never heard of. I learned early on to always save room for dessert because they have a great selection to choose from and they do it so well. I’ve tried almost all of them and I do prefer some over others but I liked each one I’ve tried. The first dessert I ever ordered there was the cannoli. I was floored to see it on their menu. Cannoli at a Peruvian restaurant? Say what? I don’t really expect to find it in most Italian restaurants much less a Peruvian one. I was intrigued from the start and was not disappointed with this dessert. Andina makes their version with a crisp quinoa studded shell filled with passionfruit mousse and serves it with a mango-lemongrass sorbet and caramel. OHH MYY MYY GOODNESS GOOD. It is pretty spectacular and a great finish to any meal. It’s almost too pretty to eat…almost.
Location: 1314 NW Glisan Portland Oregon