Cannoleria usually pipes sweet ricotta into delicate tubes of golden, fried – and glutinous – pastry.
“But [for coeliacs] a lot of times we put the filling in a box without any shells and they have to just eat it with a spoon,” says co-owner Dario Di Clerico. “It’s very, very sad.”
So the maker of some of Melbourne’s most coveted cannoli set about turning those frowns upside down.
Over six months, Di Clerico perfected a recipe for coeliac-friendly cannoli shells made from gluten-free flour, butter and white wine. And he says the end product almost exactly matches the lightness and crunchiness of a regular shell. “If they were too different, I would just keep trying until I got it right.”
There are currently two fillings available, both made with That’s Amore’s house-made ricotta: the Sicilian (with cinnamon and sugar) and the chocolate (with cacao and sugar).
If you trust yourself with a piping bag, you can also pick up a DIY gluten-free cannoli kit – also a new addition – which comes with six large shells, your choice of either filling, and crushed pistachios and icing sugar for the finishing touch.
The gluten-free cannoli ($6) and DIY kits ($30) are available for pick-up or delivery within 15 kilometres of Cannoleria’s locations at South Melbourne Market, Preston Market, Watergardens Shopping Centre and Malvern Central, and That’s Amore’s Thomastown store. Order online.