Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The world's most expensive cannoli on display at Jasper's Restaurant

Posted By on Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

A gilded cannoli, priced at slightly over $26,000, is on display at Jaspers Restaurant
  • James Ferris Photography
  • A gilded cannoli, priced at slightly over $26,000, is on display at Jasper's Restaurant

Chef and restaurateur Jasper Mirabile Jr. is determined to make September "National Cannoli Month." (It's already National Biscuit Month, National Honey Month, National Chicken Month and National Mushroom Month). Mirabile, who is in the process of writing a new book, On the Cannoli Trail, about his search for the perfect cannoli, is exhibiting an elaborate and expensive cannoli creation at Jasper's Restaurant through September.

The edible cannoli — it's a cannoli cake, really — is covered with edible, but real gold leaf and was created by baker Carey Iennaccaro of Overland Park-based Sprinkled With Sugar. The item that really bumps up the price is a $26,000 diamond necklace that comes with the pastry: an Italian necklace owned by jeweler Tom Tivol.

The actual price of the cannoli cake is $26,010. The pastry is currently on display at the restaurant, but the Mirabile family is now keeping the diamond necklace under lock and key: "Our insurance company said we can either build a secure glass case for the cannoli," Jasper Mirabile Jr. says, "or lock up the diamonds."

James Ferris Photography
  • James Ferris Photography
The cannoli is a Sicilian dessert — a tubular fried pastry shell filled with whipped ricotta cheese (often with sweet cream) mixed with bits of chocolate, candied lemon and orange peel, and nuts. "They were originally a signature dessert for Carnival, the period before Lent," says Mirabile, who uses his great-grandmother's recipe to create the pastry for his restaurant. "It dates back to the Arab occupation of Sicily in the 9th century."

Mirabile says he's already had a couple of inquiries about purchasing the golden cannoli and the necklace. "We can't sell the display model," he says, "but given 24-hour notice, we'll have a fresh one ... with the diamond necklace."

A gilded cannoli cake without the necklace is also available by calling the restaurant at 816-941-6600.

Jasper Mirabile Jr. traveled to 15 cities in Sicily last year, doing research for his upcoming book. He did find, he says, the perfect cannoli, and that story is printed in his most recent book, The Jasper's Kitchen Cookbook.

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