336 S. Main St.
Saint Charles Missouri 63301United States
Traditional Italian pastries (plus truffles and a few American treats) fill the glass cases at this Main Street sweet shop.
Although J. Noto sells a wide variety of sweet treats, your best bet here is to stick with the traditional Italian offerings. Stacks of hollow cannoli ($2) line the glass case; they'll fill them with sweet ricotta, custard or ganache when you order, so the crisp cookie shell doesn't get soggy. The tiny biscotti are also excellent and available in a huge variety of flavors: traditional anise, orange-pecan, chocolate-cherry and more. They're sold by the pound ($11), so you can mix and match a sack to bring home and sample with coffee.J. Noto also sells cheesecakes, truffles and seasonal goodies such as caramel apples. Everything's fine -- it's hard to go wrong with chocolate -- but nothing stands out like the small Italian cookies and cannoli, which really taste like something you won't find anywhere else. (We'd even consider mail-ordering another pound of that biscotti!)