The fact that we have consumed two desserts and three cocktails (not to mention, oh, a burger and fries) so far today does not deter us from venturing to one last stop on our day's itinerary: Caffe Dante for a cannoli, about which Alex Guarnaschelli raved on the very first ORIGINAL Best Thing I Ever Ate special, before the concept was turned into a series.
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"We don't carry skim milk," the waitress proclaims. Having now cut her "cocktail" options in half, Vodka asks the only logical follow-up question:
"What else can you put kahlua in?"
The waitress suggests an Americano, which proves to be a delectable choice. If only these booze-soaked cocktails had been Alex Guarnaschelli's Caffe Dante menu choice -- they would have been strictly 5 stars.
|One of These Things Doesn't Taste Like the Others|
Neither of us being of Italian heritage, we are not one with the cannoli culture. While we have eaten them, and even enjoyed them (the ones from Ferrara Bakery have proven to be especially delicious), they would never be our first choice dessert.
|Especially When We Prefer to Drink Our Calories|
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Eventually, we discover from where the difference of opinion is stemming: the cannoli shell, which Vodka has yet to try. Breaking through with her fork, she samples it as Ginger looks on expectantly.
"Ugh" is Vodka's highly articulate reaction.
We have found the cannoli problem: the shell tastes like cleaning fluid mummified in Saran wrap. Cannoli by Mr. Clean, if you will.
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Perhaps tellingly, we, as often-certified members of the clean-plate club, do not even come close to finishing this item, and neither of us asks for it to be packed up in a doggie bag.
|Poor Work, Team|
The cream filling, and more likely, the increasing effects of our kahlua-based beverages.
Caffe Dante's Cannoli: 2 stars