There are advantages for us geeks to hang out with fuzzy studies types. Claudia wrote her master's thesis on food culture in South Philadelphia, which is an Italian neighborhood. After our cheesesteaks, she took us to what she considers to be the best Italian bakery in town, Varallo Brothers.
We couldn't resist and tried a variety of desserts. I started with a cannoli. It was a variety I hadn't seen before, with an egg cream filling. This gave a more subtle flavor than the traditional straight ricotta. I also tried one of the filled pastries, which had a superb crust.