LORELAI: Hm. Or we could sit in the corner – you know, the Mafia table so that no one can come up behind you and whack you with a cannoli.

Cannoli are Italian pastries consisting of tubular pastry shells filled with a sweet, creamy, often ricotta, filling. In Italian, the singular of the word is cannolo, but in English, people usually say “a cannoli”, like Lorelai does.

The dessert dates to the Middle Ages, and is believed to be Sicilian, traditionally from Palermo and Messina. Historically, they were a treat for Carnival, before Lent, but are now enjoyed year-round.

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