Thankfully, there was NO LINE! So many people on yelp warned against 2-hour waits and average pastry; however, I must disagree! I'm sure on weekend mornings there is a mad rush of customers waiting for the bakery to open, but if you just wait to go a little later on in the day, then you will have a much better experience! We went at 5pm on a Friday, walked right in, and were only joined by about 4 other groups of people. Thank god!
This is how "packed" it was! Love not having to wait!
Similar to a deli, when you walk into the bakery you are given a ticket with a number, and when your number is called you are served by one person who will grab whatever you need! Since it was not crowded we were severed right away, but I can imagine on weekend mornings it might be a bit more hectic with this method.
Since we drove 4 hours to get to Carlo's, we decided to stock up! This is what I ordered:
-2 pounds assorted Italian butter cookies
-2 each of every kind of biscotti
-2 lobster tails
-1 scrumptious m&m cookie
The butter cookies are always a favorite of mine so I greatly enjoyed pigging out on those! The biscotti were also very delicious. In fact, I'd say that Carlo's biscotti are in my top 5! The m&m cookie my boyfriend woofed down because he is a fan of anything cookie, and I was the same way with the lobster tails!
I apologize for the crappy photo, but I just could not get a good shot in the car ride home and I could not wait to eat it!
The absolute best item we bought though, was the cannoli! Holy crap is all I have to say when thinking about how amazing those cannoli were! I am extremely picky when it comes to the ricotta filling and have had my share of cannoli, but I can honestly say that this was the best cannoli I have ever had! Buddy uses impastata ricotta for his filling, which is a high quality, smooth, ricotta that has been drained of almost all of its liquid. Therefore, not only is the ricotta extremely smooth, but it also does not make the shell soggy! I highly recommend purchasing as many cannoli as possible from Carlo's!
The only item that was disappointing was the pasticiotti. They just were not that great and did not have much filling inside of them. Overall, for $47 total, all of the cookies and pastry we got were definitely worth the trip down. Plus, we can now say that we have been to the bakery on TV! :)