Jasper's has long been recognized by many (and Zagat) as the best Italian restaurant in Kansas City and also, one of the best in the country. Chef Jasper has also cooked for the First Lady of the United States. All that being said, it should come as a surprise to no one that Jasper's finds itself on a blog named "Eating Awesomeness".
The reason for this blog post, however, is not for Jasper's amazing homemade pasta dishes. It is not for their delicious Carne or Pesce. It is for their celebration of National Cannoli Month by creating 30 different cannolis in 30 days, during the month of September. I stopped in today and picked up the cannoli of the day, the Banana Foster.
The cannoli is a traditional Sicilian dessert, translated literally to "little tube", that is filled with a sweet creamy filling. The Banana Foster was rich, decadent, and full of complex flavours (the most prevalent of which being, of course, the banana and vanilla flavours from the filling). The filling also had small chunks of banana in it. The fried pastry part of the cannoli was perfectly crispy and crunchy, not underdone or chewy at all (as some cannolis I have had in the past, not at Jasper's of course).
There is a full week left in National Cannoli Month, if you have not yet, I suggest that you stop by Jasper's (or Jasper's Marco Polo Italian Market, which is located adjacent to the Jasper's dining room) and pick up a Cannoli of the Day.
On this day in cannoli history: Local hungry man, Randy Santel, attempted to set a world record in cannoli eating at Jasper's.