Long awaited sacred cannoli! The bakery prepares to open downtown San Jose

  • Chef Jamie Whitmire in her new Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose, California on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • A variety of mini cannoli in the Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose. Cannoli begin with “a base of rich mascarpone, fine ricotta cheese, cinnamon and powdered sugar,” with the mussels being handmade and prepared daily. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • After a preview in late 2020, Holy Cannoli! The cafe will be officially opened on January 11, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • The counter in the Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • Chef Jamie Whitmire fills a cannoli in her new Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose, California on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • Jamie Whitmire, owner of Holy Cannoli! The café has a pistachio cannoli, one of several made-to-order varieties. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • The new sacred cannoli! The downtown San Jose cafe will officially open on January 11, 2021. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • A decorative wall in the Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • A variety of mini cannoli from Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose, California on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • For her encore career, Jamie Whitmire opens the Holy Cannoli! Brick-and-mortar cafe in downtown San Jose. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

  • A chocolate chip cannoli at Holy Cannoli! Cafe in downtown San Jose. (Nhat V. Meyer / Bay Area News Group)

They’re finally pouring sweet fillings into the freshly baked cannoli clams on Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose.

After months of planning and November through December preview, Chef Jamie Whitmire will be holding the grand opening for their Holy Cannoli! Bakery and café from Monday 11 January.

Why now?

“We tried several times to open and due to Covid or protests we were boarded up and never had a solid chance. Now that it’s a new year, I’ll give it my all, ”said Whitmire. “I’ve spent it all and worked all my life to make this dream come true, and I refuse to let it fail!”

Whitmire, who says she came from a family of “amazing bakers,” turned to that passion after working in the marketing and advertising worlds.

She draws on her Italian heritage for her signature object, the Sicilian cannoli. She and her team make their cannoli fresh every day, from baking the mussels to piping the mascarpone-ricotta filling to order. Their range includes the traditional chocolate and pistachio versions as well as specialties such as Nutella with hazelnuts, Grand Marnier with candied orange, Kahlua with espresso beans and limoncello with white fries. The cannoli come in small and large sizes, and customers can mix and match fillings and toppings.

Breakfast packs, brioche cinnamon rolls, focaccia pizzas, sandwiches, salads and coffee beverages are also available to take away.

Different types of 6-inch cakes are baked every day. The rotation program includes pecan, lemon, peach blackberry, apple caramel, blueberry, chocolate silk, banana cream, coconut cream, pistachio cannoli cream, and butterscotch toffee.

Over the next few weeks, Whitmire will be adding dinners with pickup or roadside delivery. And during the soft opening, Thanksgiving meals were a hit, so she plans to offer Valentine’s Day and Easter meals.

Details: The opening times are Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 138 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose; www.holycannolisj.com

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