I have been visiting Villa Italian Specialities for over a decade for their unbeatable Italian heroes. I decided the other day to purchase a dessert; I was thinking of either a package of cookies on the shelf or a cannoli. Since I hadn’t had a cannoli in a while, I picked up a chocolate cannoli for $3.50 to go with a their Villa combo hero I was purchasing for my husband (his favorite).
This deli runs like a well oiled machine. You could see as you walk in and browse around the deli how hard everyone is working and how efficient they are in getting orders together. In regards to their catering, I have attended a few parties that Villa has catered and always hear everyone raving about the food. I would certainly consider Villa for catering perhaps in the fall. They have such delicious pasta, sausage and pepper, and eggplant parm trays.
The chocolate cannoli was enough to feed to people after a wholesome lunch. I ended up splitting mine between three people. The filling was very fresh, thick, creamy, and had the right amount of chocolate chips. The shell was perfectly crispy; I bet it was just made fresh that morning. They sell the filling for their cannolis (you could practically eat it with a spoon right out of the container). Buy the shells, and you could have fun filling your own cannolis at home. I would love to do this with Sarah one day! What a fun project that could be for children and families. I would dip each side in a heaping bowl of chocolate chips and indulge right away!
Villa Italian Specialties is open daily for take out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer a gluten-free menu here. The deli is often packed at lunch time. I always call ahead to place my order, they are so great about that: 631-324-5110. They are conveniently located right across the street from the LIRR East Hampton stop. Enjoy a hero or some eggplant rollatini on the train, and some Italian pastries back home to the city. For more information, please visit http://www.villaitalianspecialties.com