Ultimate Dessert

By Jay Cridlin
Published June 28, 2007

The cannoli at Mazzaro's Italian Market

Clemenza was right: Leave the gun, take the cannoli. This is sage advice if you're visiting Mazzaro's Italian Market in St. Petersburg. When perusing the veritable smorgasbord of snacks at Mazzaro's bakery, one must not overlook the simple, elegant, $2.50 cannoli, be it chocolate chip, pistachio, chocolate-shell or traditional. Crisp shells, a hint of spice, chocolate chips that snap between your teeth, powdered sugar that sticks to your lips and fingertips, sweet, gooey ricotta that lingers in your teeth - madonn', it's good stuff. Take the cannoli, indeed. Mazzaro's Italian Market: 2909 22nd Ave. N, (727) 321-2400, www.mazzarosmarket.com.

How you voted

The cannoli at Mazzaro's Italian Market in St. Petersburg: 82%

The cupcakes at Alessi Bakery in Tampa: 10%

The strawberry shortcake at Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City: 2%

The Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate at Bern's Steak House in Tampa: 2%

Other: 2%

The Ciatola Granda at La Casa Dolce in Tampa: 1%