About The Only Cannoli
One of Bethany's great grandmothers, named Santa, came from Sicily. Although they never got to meet, Bethany was told stories of the love of baking she had. Santa would fill her kitchen with many large bowls of dough, left to rise. The kitchen would fill with the aroma of a sweet yeast. During holiday's, she made Pane di Pasqua, a sweet Italian bread traditionally served at Easter time. Aside from bread, Santa was known for her scratch made red velvet cake. Food was love, and she shared that with her family.
Bethany's grandmother, Ersilia, was from Malta, the island below Sicily. Ersilia's home was always filled with the aroma of cooking and freshly washed laundry. Ersilia made cannoli, biscotti, pizzelles, and the well-known maltese favorite, pastizzi.
Brittany's great grandmother, who was referred to as Nanny, hailed from Naples, Italy. Nanny married Papa, who was from Potenza, Italy. Their home was warm with the comforting smell of cooking. It was as if Nanny never stopped cooking because it was for her family that she loved with such a deep passion. A familiar scent at their home was perfectly seasoned meatballs that had been stewing slowly in the gravy she'd made every Christmas. Christmas also meant the return of pizzelles. The crisp snap of the cookie and powdered sugar falling off of it were the perfect snack to munch on.