Long considered a subset of hearing, taste wasn't recognized as a sense in its own right until scientists made the shocking discovery that all Beatles LPs tasted exactly the same. Reward your most neglected sense with today's Groupon: for $10, you get six cannoli or one cannoli kit (up to a $24 value) at Romolo's Cannoli & Spumoni Factory in San Mateo.
For more than 40 years, Romolo's carefully crafted cannoli have acted as the wormhole linking the Bay Area with sunny Sicily in the space-taste continuum. The sweet treats' combination of fried pastry shell and smooth, creamy filling creates a textural tandem that mouths find delectably disorienting, while a variety of custom toppings and garnishes allows each temptation to target taste buds more precisely than a smart bomb in the talons of a homing pigeon. Choose ricotta-cream filling—made with spices, sugar, citron, and other premium ingredients—and garnish it with chocolate chips, pistachio, or cherries. Or opt instead for a filling made from handmade ice cream in flavors such as vanilla bean, fresh strawberry, and chocolate amaretto. Like Belgian fried chicken, shells can come coated in dark chocolate or just plain plain (for ricotta cream only). All shells and fillings are made fresh daily.
Much like iPhones, Romolo's cannoli are hand-made from natural, premium ingredients according to a time-honored family recipe and draw envious stares every time you pull one out of your pocket. Although Romolo's makes all its cannoli to order, aspiring chefs who prefer to do their own dessert dirty work can take home a cannoli-making kit instead, which comes with enough ricotta-cream filling, shells, and garnishes to make six cannoli. Give yourself a sweet finish to dinner, an easy kitchen project with the kids, or a delicious way to taunt neighbors with today’s Groupon to Romolo's Cannoli & Spumoni Factory.
Romolo’s requests that all customers leave their guns before taking the cannoli.
Romolo's Cannoli & Spumoni Factory has 160 reviews on Yelp, with a nearly perfect 4.5-star average rating:
- The clerk was so nice and helpful. I will definitely come back again when I get a hankering for cannolies [sic] and that will be pretty darn SOON! – Daisy H.
- I'm just gonna say this. GO HERE NOW. Order a traditional cannoli. Get stoked. My Sicilian brethren are doing it right. So happy my lady found this spot. – Justin L.
81 W 37th Ave.
San Mateo, California 94403Get Directions