Zeppola, Zeppole, Zeppoli!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


It doesn't matter how you say it. The taste is what matters. Zeppola better known as Zeppole, is a fried dough ball dusted with powdered sugar and sometimes filled with cream, jams, custard or even anchovies.

Zeppoli's are an Italian food that are sometimes called St. Joseph Day Cakes because they are eating during the feast day of St. Joseph (March 19th). These delicious pastries can be sweet, subtle or savory depending on what ingredients are used with it.

The sweet variety commonly found on board walks and in pizza shops in the U.S. is often filled with a custard or cannoli-style pastry cream and topped with powdered sugar. A savory variety can be found in Malta during the fasting period of Lent. The Zeppoles or as they are known in Maltese, sfineġ, are stuffed with anchovies making them a savory dish rather than a sweet one.

Whether you call a single one a Zeppola, a few of them Zeppole, Zeppoli or sfineġ in another language, this food item ought to be on your list of foods to try. Don't be afraid to indulge, just do it in moderation!

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