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Cannoli siciliani - An Italian pastry dessert consisting of a fried pasta tube-shaped shell filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta cheese, vanilla and chocolate filling.

Cannoli, as well as many other specialities of italian pasticceria, originated in Sicily centuries ago, and can now easily be found in better Italian bakeries and restaurants and is an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. It is said to be developed by the Arabs during their dominance in Sicily, nearly a thousand years ago.

The word "cannoli" is the plural form of the Italian word cannolo which literally translates to "little tube."