Daily in the three months since Carlo’s Bakery opened near Northwest Highway on Preston, cannoli-crazed crowds have formed long lines that stretch almost to our neighborhood some 3.5 miles away. OK, that’s hyperbolic, but it is fair to say Lake Highlands’ sweet-toothed residents don’t mind crossing Central Expressway for the famous Cake Boss’ decadent creations, especially his signature cannolis. TV’s “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro sells 1,000 cannolis a day, “and that’s the bare minimum” says Chad Durkin, the bakery’s research and product development chef. He has opened bakeries all over the country, but has never seen as robust a response as Dallas has provided. On an average weekday afternoon, at least 50 customers are waiting in partitioned lines, taking pictures with the life-sized Cake Boss cut-out and enjoying the buttery perfumed air. A dozen or so employees buzz around the store, constantly baking and moving patrons through the line quickly. “We’re a 24/7 operation, we have people baking all day and all night, every day,” he says. Want the goods sans the wait? Consider ordering online.
8319 Preston Road
7 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Did you know:
On opening day, Carlo’s Bakery sold more than 16,000 cannolis, including three flavors that were specially produced for the Dallas location: Nutella, Oreo and salted caramel.