T. Cavallaro & Sons was opened by Tommaso and Sarina Cavallaro in 1956, just in time for the Melbourne Olympics. Today, their sons Tony and Carmelo own the shop and make the pastries together with other family members, carrying on a 130 year old family tradition.
The business has come to specialise in and be famous for the production of handmade Italian cannoli; delicate tubes of golden, fried pastry filled with vanilla and chocolate patisserie cream or a more traditional combination of ricotta blended with almonds.
“Our secret to longevity is simple. Our recipes have not changed since the beginning. We have always used fresh ingredients. We do not use pre-mixes. Whatever your needs are, from biscotti to wedding cakes come & see us. We are strictly a family business so when calling or visiting, every person you see or talk to is a family member. Recipes originate from Lipari, Sicily, dating back to Tommaso’s father in the late 19th century.”