It is rare for any restaurant to survive 45 years, but even more so in the competitive environment of NYC! Caffe Palermo, in the heart of Little Italy, New York City, has been a favorite restaurant among locals and visitors alike since 1973. The store has been under the constant hands-on supervision of the owner “Baby John” Delutro, The Cannoli King, and his attention to every detail is evident upon your arrival.
"Baby John" asked Broadway's "A Bronx Tale" to remove a sign on its set that dubs another pastry joint the "Cannoli King"
The show — a coming-of-age story about an Italian kid growing up in the Bronx during the socially segregated 1960s — is currently crediting Arthur Ave. pastry shop Gino’s with the coveted cream-filled title on one of its storefront signs in the set. The lawyer for “A Bronx Tale” refused to comment, but producers for the show said they plan to re-paint the sign.
Caffe Palermo, celebrating 45 years in Little Italy, will supply the treats for this year’s competitive-eating event. “Me and my worker, we fill all the cannolis ourselves. We make them all fresh,” says the cafe’s owner “Baby John” Delutro, known around Mulberry Street as the Cannoli King. “Then, we’ll have a cannoli march right to the stage.”
To enjoy a meal in New York City is no easy task. But if Italian food is what you're craving, the obvious answer is to head to Little Italy.
The best part of Caffe Palermo is that you don’t have to go to Little Italy to enjoy the treats. All of their desserts, which include homemade tiramisu, cappuccino cake and chocolate mousse cake, are available for delivery. The atmosphere at Caffe Palermo makes the trip worthwhile, however. No matter what time of day it is, there are always plenty of happy people enjoying delicious cannolis.
There’s a reason people know “Baby John” DeLutro as the “Cannoli King.” Open since the spring of 1973, DeLutro’s Cafe Palermo has been the dessert destination for those in the know in the hustle and bustle of Little Italy. The simple, unpretentious dessert shop makes the Italian pastry with a light, flaky and crisp outside and a creamy sweet center, topped with a bit of powdered sugar.
Get to know Baby John, aka “The Cannoli King” of Little Italy’s beloved Italian restaurant Caffe Palermo, in this exclusive interview with The Citiview NYC! In it, Baby John reveals how he came to be known as The Cannoli King and where his recipe originated. He also talks about how to get his famous cannolis elsewhere in the City, unveils a special new menu item coming soon to Caffe Palermo and much more!
John Delutro was the perfect pastry chef to explain the origins of the crispy, creamy cannoli for Fox News’ latest “Origins” segment. Delturo details the history of the savory dessert (which traces its origins back to in 1000 AD) and explains a major difference between the traditional American cannoli and those you find in Italy. (Hint: One uses cow’s milk and the other uses sheep’s.)