An icon of Sicilian tradition, cannoli are crisp, freshly-made treats with candied orange peel and a delicious ricotta filling that is neither too intense nor too sweet. A delicacy that has turned into an after-meal ritual, well-made cannoli are unfortunately hard to find outside of Sicily.
In Milan, the answer is Bottone: a pastry shop where these “gems” of confectionary tradition are displayed amongst gold and glass showcases. These are the best cannoli in the city, made with strictly Sicilian ingredients: ricotta from the Hyblaean Mountains for the filling, organic flour from Ganaceto for the shell, and a splash of Nero D’Avola to enhance the flavor with sumptuous notes of ripe fruit and a spicy touch of cinnamon.
To guarantee the authenticity of its wonderful treats, Bottone adds a signature chocolate button. Here, cannoli are made by hand, one by one, and clients who want to take a few home are provided a kit to fill them just before eating. Because the first rule to make real Sicilian cannoli is to keep the waffle fresh and crunchy up until the very last, sublime moment.