Boro May Experience a Christmas Cannoli Shortage
(Photo by Andre Rivera)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 5- A famed Cannoli maker in Mount Vernon, N.Y., who makes and delivers the Italian pastries to bakeries around the world, is temporary closed after fire gutted their warehouse.
Firefighters from several counties were called to Artuso's Pastry Foods Corp, located at 158 South 12th Avenue in Mount Vernon at just before 7 a.m. on Monday, November 3. The devastating fire burned for several hours as a plume of billowing smoke could be seen for miles. When the smoke eventually cleared the 100 x 300 foot plant was gutted.
Artuso's was established in 1946 and for the last six decades the wholesale bakery has been providing thousands of satisfied customers with Cannoli and cookies in every flavor imaginable at its stores in Mamaroneck as well as a shop along East 187 Street in the Belmont section.
Owner Anthony Artuso told WCBS-TV that because of the fire they would most likely not be able to fill the thousands of pre-holiday orders of his customers.
Artuso conceded, "Unfortunately we can't fill those orders," but vowed to keep the family business going.
One long-time customer of Artuso's with a bulging waistline, declined to give his name when the Belmont resident panicked and remarked, "Forget Ebola. Forget Isis. This is a national emergency. War should be declared or at least declare a national disaster.”
One firefighter suffered minor injuries and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.