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A&P Sulfaro – Gourmet Hamper [4 of 4]

The gourmet hamper selection comes to a close with A&P Sulfaro, the dessert course if you will. Kind of appropriate considering the selection but we’ll get to that in due course (no pun intended).

A&P Sulfaro specialise in a fabulous assortment of Italian cakes, pastries and biscotti. They also have a modest seating area to complement the service of their wares with a freshly drawn cup of espresso or a small selection of gelato, if you feel so inclined. It’s a place that I’ve been to a number of times in the past, mostly for their tiramisu cake.

*sigh* :)

Anyhow moving along, unless you’re fortunate to arrive at the right time, you will likely be waiting in a queue for at least 10 minutes. On this particular day, I was in a queue of four people (myself included) and this time around it had taken about 12 minutes before my order was taken. My record’s been 28 minutes, with a queue that left the premises. It was during the Christmas rush, so no surprises there.

Now, please don’t mistake this for a whiny complaint. The ladies tending the service counter treat their goods with respect; taking whatever time is necessary to put together an order, properly package their fine wares, offer service and storage advice, as well as the service of espresso or gelato as previously mentioned. The service is faster at a similar store up the road, though I find the tiramisu cake here far superior.

They say that “good things come to those who wait” and I’m more than happy to wait the requisite time. However, those of you with a lot of technology and a short attention span, you may want to bring something with you to keep you busy.

Chocolate, custard and cream cannoli. Mmm…

You’ll have to mind the dent in the cream cannoli pictured. There was a little damage sustained during transportation. What can I say, I’m a male Asian driver.

Jokes aside, the varieties of cannoli pictured are chocolate (though more like chocolate custard), vanilla custard and cream. The fried pastry shell has a slight crunch to it which contrasts nicely with the sweet, creamy filling. There are also mini cannoli available if you feel the sadistic need to dole out these pleasures in smaller doses.

Lastly, a little something from their wide range of biscotti. This wasn’t included in the hamper but I have a photo, so why not :)

Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of the one in the foreground. Identity aside, it has almond meal at its base with an amaretto flavour to it. A firm crust on the outside gives way to a sweet, moist and slightly chewy interior. Actually, on its own it’s a little too sweet for my liking. However, it would serve as a worthy counterpart to a strong espresso.

The one in the background is an almond macaroon, with a crisp exterior and a discernibly chewy interior. Once again composed of almond meal and amaretto, though not as sweet. Certainly my preference of the two.

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  • sosillee March 2, 2009, 11:36 pm

    I LOveeee cannoli! your photos are making my water melt. It looks really fresh too MMm ^_^

    I love tiramisu! do they have tiramisu cakes or is it the tiramisu with the mascapone cream?

  • thelonefoodie March 3, 2009, 9:31 am

    Hi sosillee!

    I’m not sure if I should take this as a complement for the photo or that you salivate like Pavlov’s dog whenever you see any picture of cannoli :P

    I’ve not had much experience with cannoli elsewhere but these ones are good by my standards.

    With regards to the tiramisu, I’ve only seen it served as a whole cake in a number of sizes, and as a gelato. I don’t believe that they serve it as an actual dessert. However, I’ve never eaten in so who knows.

    It’s a great tiramisu cake. I’ve yet to come across its equal.

  • Simon Food Favourites March 5, 2009, 2:20 am

    have you tried Pasticceria Tamborrino 75 Great North Road, Five Dock, Sydney
    http://simonleongdesign.blogspot.com/2008/12/pasticceria-tamborrino-20-dec-2008.html
    for cannoli. would be interesting to know what you thought of them. i thought the ricotta was one of the best i’ve tried.
    s :-)

  • thelonefoodie March 5, 2009, 10:15 am

    Hi Simon!

    I’ll have to give it a go and let you know. I’ve never been before.

    I tend to lurk around Haberfield, so there aren’t that many places I’ve been to in Five Dock. It’s been one of those things I’ve been meaning to do as I’ve been to a couple of good stores and I’ve heard of a few others that are meant to be worth checking.

  • Anita April 2, 2009, 4:05 am

    What fantastic looking cannoli!!!

  • Simon April 2, 2009, 8:04 am

    Hi Anita!

    They taste even better than they look :)

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