I have a thing about desserts where crispy and creamy collide, so I decided to check out (for research purposes, of course) Holy Cannoli – a ‘Detroit-style’ cannoli-focused bakery in Belltown. Detroit-style refers to the filling primarily – i.e. custard-filled instead of NY-style ricotta-filled (which the owner says – and these might be fighting words, “ricotta is lazy. Your not cooking a custard, you are just putting an ingredient in a bowl”). A small storefront bakery (in the base of Mosler Lofts for you current and former Mithunees), Holy Cannoli has many freshly prepared cream flavors to choose from – all delivered in a perfectly crispy pastry shell. They are small so you don’t feel too guilty trying one for an afternoon sweet craving – or sampling a couple together as a dessert. I tried a couple (again, research) – Traditional and Lemoncello. They both were lovely little creamy crispy bites, but the Traditional made me happiest with that little bit of chocolate as the perfect additional element. Whether you are tried and true NY-style cannoli person or not – there aren’t many folks in Seattle who make a decent cannoli any style – these are lovely, and it is definitely worth giving them a try. You never know – you may never go back once you’ve had “Detroit-style”.