The Little Cannoli Bakery

A good way to support downtown businesses is to go to local places that are getting it right. I can't think of a better example of what Salem's downtown needs more of, than The Little Cannoli. If you haven't heard of it yet, it's probably because it's tucked away in the basement of the Reed Opera House. It's actually a great location for this tiny bakery because it's quiet and away from street traffic. What they sell here is pretty simple, cannoli, and little ones at that. A cannoli is a tube shaped Italian pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese. I don't think I've ever eaten one that I didn't like and the ones here are as good as you can get anywhere. The shells are dipped in chocolate and I suggest ordering it with pistachios. One bite and a sip of coffee and this place will be on top of your list next time you go downtown. The coffee is brewed fresh and served in a unique glass mug for $1. I don't know how they do it, but this is, by far, my favorite cup of coffee in Salem. Once you have your dessert, grab a seat at one of the tables in the hallway just outside the doors of the shop, relax and enjoy your treat. They also sell other goodies like brownies, Napoleons, coffee cake and cookies. The pastry chef at The Little Cannoli is also the owner, the barista, cashier and I imagine the guy who does the dishes. I've never seen anyone else working in there and he always seems to be in a good mood. He should be happy, he has a great product and a great bakery. It is a little difficult to catch this place when it's open. Their hours are 9 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!
They have the best dark chocolate dipped macaroons ever made!! Their cobblestone pies are YUMMY, and I have missed them since the saturday market closed.. now I know where to go to get my fix :)

Anonymous said...

They also make the best macaroons I have ever tasted. They are an absolute must try for anyone who goes there! P.S. they also have a booth at the Wednesday Farmer's Market downtown (can't wait for that to return!)

Anonymous said...

It is too bad that great places like this (and the former Soup Cellar with chef Marc) are hidden away in the basement of the Reed. I love the Reed, but I am always downtown and I never think about going to the basement. Out of sight and out of mind.

It is unfortunate that you have a great little local business like this that doesn't have beter visability and access.

Meanwhile, the two Starbucks within a block sell 3,000 cups of coffee a day.

If it is as good as the review, I hope they get a better location (for the sake of their sales).

Salem Man said...

3000 cups a day, holy smokes!

Brian D said...

Thanks for letting us know about this find. I grew up in north jersey in a very italian neighborhood and I have missed the black and white cookies my dad used to bring home for me. I stopped in and picked up a box of black and whites and brought them home for my son. They were just like the ones my dad got from the Gaston Ave bakery in new jersey. I hope this little gem stays around.

Jennifer said...

wow, I've never even heard of this place! The coffee sounds interesting, so I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

So I went to the little cannoli bakery today to get some macaroons for my husband. The owner is super friendly and said "I don't know who writes that blog and I haven't been on it but thank him, Thanks to his blog I am making millions of macaroons!" I tried their french horn and it was very good.

Only The Best said...

My husband and I love this place! Sometimes we go downtown just to get some of the macaroons or a cannoli! We enjoy everything about "The Little Cannoli Bakery"! I hope that he keeps up the good work and that more people support this great bakery. He only uses high quality ingredients and it shows! Highest marks for this bakery!

Anonymous said...

I have GOT to get down there. I just found out about this place when I was on jury duty and ran into the owner, who I knew when he was in another business (not food). But cannoli are my absolute favorites, and no one in town makes them like they do back east.

I hope he's doing a good business. I've heard it's really great.

Jasindra said...

You really have to give this place a try! It has some of the best cookies I have ever tried. It's tucked away in the basement of the Reed Opera House but well worth discovering. The macaroons are heavenly and the Chocolate Dipped Raspberry Pinwheels are divine.

Anonymous said...

I had the cannoli, some lemon bars and some of the mini eclairs. All were the best I've ever had. The owner was very nice. I have to agree the Reed opera House could use some updating on the outside to attract more customers. I took my girlfriend and it was the first time she had been inside there, and shes downtown all of the time. I also tried the taco place upstairs, very good, and great prices.

Anonymous said...

Very good place to eat I had the cannoli very good, my wife had their chocolate dunked fudge brownie mouthwatering good. We will eat there again; extremely good food with very friendly service.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I tried it out yesterday after reading the blog and I was so happy to have found them as well as your site. I like how they make the cannoli up for you or make kits to go so the cream doesn't get the shell soggy. The staff was super friendly and my family enjoyed our scrumptious treats. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Stopped and had a cup of coffee and I got a cannolli and my wife got a little container of mixed cookies.

WONDERFUL!!!!


Why is a true gem of a place like this hidden away in the basement of the Reed. Cool building but they would have a line out the door if they had direct street access.

I never would have know about this place if I hadn't seen it on your your blog.


If you haven't been there yet, do your self a favor. Great treats!

Mike

Anonymous said...

Sweet mother of pearl! This place is amazing. After reading all the comments here I just had to take a look for myself. We tried the macaroons (literally right out of the oven) and those were fabulous. The mini eclair was tasty and light but the best of the best (that we tried) was the cannoli. I've never had one before and this little guy was incredible. I opted for the pistachio bits and all I can say is wow! The owner is as sweet as his yummy treats. We are big fans and will definitely be back for more.

Anonymous said...

I also visited Little Cannoli for the first time a couple months ago after reading this blog. The macaroons are delicious, such a treat. I took a cookie sampler to the office and we all thought they were excellent.

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes. The Little Cannoli Bakery. Cutest place in downtown Salem. Excellent service to boot.

Found it by chance while window shopping/exploring with a friend. We stopped in because I had wanted to see if they did Cannolis for my boyfriend's step-father. It was about 4pm when we got there and there was the owner or a close relative with his grandson. I adored it from the first moment and when I got to talking to him and his grandson, I really felt at home and welcome. More than just potential money. I had a cup of coffee and my friend and I split a brownie while we chatted with the two behind the counter about the business and life in general.

We ended up having such a good time they got out past 5pm and I found a wonderful place to relax while studying for my classes.

A favorite in my books! Small, quiet, friendly service that makes you feel like you're a guest of honor.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how excited I am to learn of this place! I have been hoping for a good italian bakery to come to town! Cannolis here I come!

Anonymous said...

Just stopped in for a black and white cookie fix today. I love that place! Makes me want to begin going downtown more often.

Rossella said...

I'm Italian, the cannoli here are good, the shells are nice and crisp and the chocolate adds a nice touch, however the ricotta filling doesn't taste like the traditional Italian cannoli filling; it's not sweet enough and not compact enough. Also, I'm pretty sure that the traditional Italian cannoli filling is supposed to have candied fruit in it. It's a nice place and the pastries are good, I really like their eclairs for example. I hope they stay open!

Anonymous said...

outstanding coffee and lemon tarts scott is a wonderful lil guy

Anonymous said...

Straight from New York pizza on south commercial just started stocking Little Cannoli treats. My wife & me love their cookies and it is much easier to pick them up on the way home. This is good news for us.

Anonymous said...

chocolate brownie balls yum,yum,yum!!!!
pumpkin mollasses biscotti awsome!!
best cannoli I've ever tasted!!!!

Anonymous said...

wildly inconsistant lately also scott i think that was his name was let go the young friendly guy stuck with bald tim im gonna have to go elsewhere

Anonymous said...

I WILL NO LONGER GO TO THE LITTLE CANNOLI! Scott made the best deserts (brownie balls, lemon tarts and chocolate chip cookies) and was so nice and funny. Now that he was "let go" the deserts aren't as good and the friendly atmosphere is gone.

Anonymous said...

A lot of the deserts (cookies) taste chemically - like they are loaded with preservatives. The cakes that Tim makes look nothing like the quality of cakes that are on the Little Cannoli's Webiste.

Anonymous said...

Love this place. Thanks for discovering it!

The three previous posts (two of them within a minute of each other) are why I think anonymous posts should not be allowed on this site. Just a suggestion.

Anonymous said...

service was horrible last time in bald guy was on phone and rude is a shame cuz i enjoy the snacks but can not recommend only if u want rushed out rudely

Anonymous said...

This place a hidden treasure. There brownie balls are decadent. The cannoli's are great.

My family loves the choc dipped macaroons.

They have great coffee.

Great little place to sit and read the newspaper and sip coffee.

One of the gems of downtown Salem.

Anonymous said...

I also noticed you can get their pastries across the street at New York pizza by the slice.

Again, this place is a gem.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this place, what a great place to discover. I have been a regular for 3 years now and would not go anywhere else for my special goodies. I have gotten to know this man and his business well and know for a fact that the "nice young man" Scott was inspired and decided to go in his own direction.

Anonymous said...

what happened to this place was so good, went today had stale cookies and the guy behind the counter was a jerk

Anonymous said...

I had them for Christmas dessert, I thought it was excellent..

Anonymous said...

Tastes pre made compared to what I can and do make. Sorry Salem.

Salem Man said...

I was in there the other day and can tell you that they are not pre made. It's great to have this place back. One of the best little spots in town!

Michael said...

This place is great. The pastries are all fresh and some of the best in Oregon.

If you haven't tried it, you are in for a treat.

Anonymous said...

That's b/c Marion Barnes of Miriad Cake Designs used to partner w/ him and make the specialty cakes.

Anonymous said...

I stopped in today. What a treat! His cases were chock full of beautiful pastries, too many to mention so I choose an assortment. The coffee served there is Cape Foulweather brand, which I am very familiar with. It is superior coffee indeed. Tim, the owner was very engaging and pleasant. Keep in mind, he has to do it all, bake, customer service, etc. He probably can't afford to hire extra help. BTW if you get a minimum of 3 cannolis he makes a cannoli kit to take home and fill when you are ready to eat so the shells don't get soggy. Do yourself and your friends a favor and let your friends know about this hidden gem through all your social media, etc. Shop local! http://littlecannolibakery.com/bakery/bakery.htm