Food & Drink

Le Bonta Italiane's Dreamy Donuts

Cannoli, Frati, and Bomboloni

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Twinkies filed for bankruptcy this year. (We’ll give you a moment to compose yourself.)

Thankfully, San Franciscans have a superior cream-filled treat to ease their sugar shock: Le Bonta Italiane’s cannoli. Founder Massimo Giusti crafts the Lucca-style sweets from a childhood recipe sourced from his native Italy (he literally tracked down the food truck owner who sold them across from his boyhood school).

In place of the crunchy shell used in most East Coast versions, imagine puffy, sugar-dusted clouds surrounding rich custard. Giusti spiral-wraps dough around a cylindrical mold, deep-fries it until golden brown, then fills it with lemon or chocolate cream.

If you’re craving the traditional (American) ringed variety, he has those, too: Frati are the donut equivalent of a lemon-scented down duvet.

Sweet dreams.

Available Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, 10 a.m. until sold out, at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, at The Embarcadero; during the week at Blue Fog Market, 2567 Gough Street, at Green Street (415-931-9331 or bluefogmarket.com). For more information, go to lebontaitaliane.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Le Bonta Italiane

2567 Gough St
@ Green St
San Francisco, CA 94123
1 Ferry Bldg
@ The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111