My original intention was to check out the current baklava selection at AlHana, but in the search for parking, I noticed that Romolo's Ice Cream & Cannoli Factory was open. (It had been closed during all my prior visits to the area, so I thought it had been permanently shuttered.)
So of course I checked it out. There was only one group of people (sipping coffee out of old fashioned floral china cups) and a man leaving the shop as I entered. But they all seemed to be speaking Italian to the proprietors. Good sign, I thought. And when I saw empty, chocolate-lined cannoli shells, ready for filling, and no pre-filled cannoli, save the ice cream filled ones in the freezer, I had to have one. I walked out of there with a cannoli, an ice cream tartufo, and a slim wedge of cassata. The cannoli was filled just after I ordered it.
Ate the cannoli as soon as I got home. Sheer bliss. Both the shell and the filling were excellent. The creamy filling had just a few bits of candied fruit--enough for the occasional flavor surprise--and the chocolate-lined shell was very light and clean-tasting. Halfway through the cannoli, I found myself checking my watch, just to see if there was enough time to make a second cannoli run before the store closed at 5. I like this cannoli better than Biscotteria's (in Redwood City), better than Dianda's, and definitely better than Stella Pastry's.
Late tonight, I raided the freezer and ate the tartufo. It, too, was thoroughly enjoyable: a half-sphere of vanilla ice cream, with a knob of chocolate ice cream in the center, completely enrobed by a thin chocolate shell. It was like a grown-up Dilly Bar!
I can hardly wait until Tuesday. Romolo's is closed on Sundays and Mondays, and only opens until 5 p.m. the rest of the week.