Just caught this thread. All the Italian cookbooks I have refer to cannelloni as being the crepe-type shell, and manicotti being the pasta tube.
Originally posted by jphilg
My question: Does anyone else use crepes instead of pasta shells? Growing up outside of Boston, I was invited to many Italian celebrations. And every single "Nonna" that brought manicotti (there were many) made crepes and stuffed them with cheese filling. I was so disappointed in college (in the Midwest) when the cafeteria advertised manicotti, but served what I would call canneloni, big stuffed pasta tubes.
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