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.
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.
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.
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.