The dedicated cannoli store is opening a permanent pop-up in Westfield.
If you’re a regular reader of Forte, you’d be well aware of our love affair with anything cheesy. So, you can imagine how we felt when we heard word one of Melbourne’s most beloved cannoli stores was moving to Geelong.
Meet Cannoleria by That’s Amore Cheese, a business devoted to the iconic Sicilian dessert that’s opened in Geelong.
The key takeaways
- Cannoleria by That’s Amore Cheese is opening in Geelong
- This is the first time the Melbourne-based business has expanded out of the city
Courtesy of Italian-born Giorgio Linguanti, cheese factory and shop That’s Amore has been delighting lactose lovers since 2008, hand-making burrata, mozzarella, ricotta and more since founding the Thomastown business.
Thanks to Melbourne’s obsession with That’s Amore’s delicate golden tubes, he decided to team up with chef Chef Dario Di Clerico and open a dedicated cannoleria in 2019, giving locals a permanent place to indulge in the very best and authentic ricotta-filled treats.
Using the ricotta produced in the Thomastown cheese factory each morning, the team mix it with different ingredients until smooth and piped into cannoli. Flavours include the traditional ricotta, pistachio and chocolate, lemon, or chocolate. They do experiment with flavours for the more adventurous, with past flavours including the likes of peanut butter and jelly, berry and white chocolate, and Bacio with hazelnut and crushed Baci chocolate. Oh, and they make gluten-free cannoli too!
Prices are $5 for one large cannoli or three for $12. There are mini cannoli, too, for $2.50 each (or five for $10).
With multiple locations in Melbourne, for the first time, the business is setting up shop outside the city right in the heart of Geelong.
Taking over a pop-up space on the ground floor of Westfield, just opposite Coles, Cannoleria will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting Friday, July 2.
“When we have popped-up in Geelong previously we have been really busy and often sold out of our cannoli, so we know the demand is there,” says Dario Di Clerico, co-founder of Cannoleria.
“Our Geelong customers have said to us they have driven into Melbourne to buy our cannoli but, as we all know, cannoli is never as good a few hours later and no one wants a soggy cannoli so they usually eat it before they get home.
“Now, residents of Geelong can pick up our signature crunchy cannoli with both traditional and inventive ricotta flavours each weekend at Westfield Geelong.”
And to celebrate their grand opening, the team was giving away free freshly filled mini cannolis.
You’ll find Cannoleria opposite Peter Jackson, Westfield Geelong (95 Malop Street, Geelong). For more info, visit the website.