A restaurant that claims to serve healthy food is offering cannoli for dessert. How can a big chunk of ricotta cheese possibly be healthy?

It seems to me it has to be a heart attack waiting to happen. Like cheese on an unhealthy pizza, it's still cheese. Might as well eat a whole stick of butter than a cannoli.


Did they say all there food was healthy? Why can't a restaurant serve both? If you have a problem with that, you will be severely disappointed as you get older! If it bothers you, open your own restaurant serving healthy food only and see how long you are in business!

Donnie Porko

Healthy is subjective. Let’s say a dish uses lard but the restaurant replaces it with butter. Is it healthier to eat butter over lard. Yes. Is butter healthy. Not really. So if the restaurant uses cottage cheese instead of ricotta then it is healthier.

Jake No Chat

Cannoli are Italian pastries that originated on the island of Sicily and are today a staple of Sicilian cuisine as well as Italian-American cuisine. Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta. They are good, and if you do not go overboard, they are healthy enough.

Mr. Smartypants

New evidence suggests that fat isn't the huge danger to our health that we once thought. Cheese has a lot of protein, in fact it's a meat substitute. It can be made with less fat, in fact ricotta is most often made with reduced-fat milk (look at the label!) A restaurant that claims to serve ONLY healthy food wouldn't serve dessert at all! But if you want something sweet at the end of your meal, cannoli is not the worst choice. Its the sugar that's bad for you (in excess), not the cheese.

Nikki P

Healthy does not mean it has to be a fruit or a vegetable. Healthy is portion size. So the cannoli is 2 or 3 inches in size not 6 or 8. Healthy is limiting your own calorie intake on a daily basis. So if I wanted a cannoli for dessert I would choose a lighter calorie main meal or omit the basket of bread that gets put on the table when I sit down. As the owner of a restaurant I would offer a wide variety of foods, all healthy but some richer and more calorie dense than others. I am not going to police what my customers choose to order it is my job to provide a selection that they can use their own judgement and make informed decisions.


Real food = healthy food. If they are using all real, whole ingredients and you aren't eating a dozen of them, why would it not be healthy??

A Hunch

By using low fat ingredients and baking the shell instead of frying it you can: reduce the calories by 50% reduce the total fat by 80% and saturated fat by 75% Does that make it "healthy" = no, does it make it healthier = yes. Here's a recipe: https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-cannoli