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slides: Best Places For Zeppole in Rhode Island

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Every Rhode Islander knows that it is tradition to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day by indulging in some zeppole. As a native of New York, the zeppole I have been accustomed to are just a ball of fried dough. However, Rhode Islanders know how to turn this simple Italian dessert into a truly savory treat! We’ve compiled a list of the best bakeries in Rhode Island to get your St. Joseph’s Day fix. From custard or fruit fillings to Bailey’s Irish cream, the variety of zeppole sold will definitely satisfy all lovers of Italian cuisine. Which zeppole will be your favorite?

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Luigi's Restaurant


If you want to make a full meal of your St. Joseph’s Day celebration, head over to Luigi’s Restaurant.  This fine Italian dining restaurant is the perfect location for a sit-down dinner, and the Gourmet Express option is great for those who want to get some savory food to go.  But be sure to save some room for dessert because you won’t want to miss out on the traditional zeppoles served by this classic Italian restaurant! 1357 Hartford Ave, Johnston, Restaurant: 401-861-3850, Gourmet Express: 401-455-0045.

 Luigi’s Restaurant & Gourmet Express

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LaSalle Bakery


Everyone in Providence knows how delicious the food, desserts and beverages are at LaSalle’s.  Their St. Joseph’s Day desserts include three types of zeppoles: the original, topped with cream, confectionary sugar, and a cherry; the chocolate mousse zeppole; and the Bailey’s Irish cream zeppole, complete with a cute little shamrock for those who want to embrace both their Irish and Italian heritage.  Go to their website to check out a fun and interesting video of LaSalle’s owner and staff speaking about the history of St. Joseph’s day and demonstrating their process and recipe for baking zeppoles! 685 Admiral St, Providence, 401-228-0081; 993 Smith St, Providence, 401-831-9563.

LaSalle Bakery

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Scialo Bros. Bakery


Opened in 1916, this Federal Hill bakery will be sure to provide scrumptious Italian sweets to all its customers.  Scialo Bros. Bakery even offers the option to order many desserts online.  Scialo’s selection of zeppoles includes yellow boiled cream, traditional fried zeppoles, and zeppoles filled with ricotta.  257 Atwells Avenue, Providence, 877-421-0986.

Scialo Bros. Bakery

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Established in 1947, Zaccagnini’s offers a delectable variety of pastries, pies, and cakes, as well as pizzas or calzones for lunch and dinner.  On St. Joseph’s Day, indulge in Zaccagnini’s traditional yellow custard zeppoles or, for anyone with a real sweet tooth, try the chocolate zeppoles! 546 Smithfield Ave, Pawtucket, 401-723-2699.

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DiVozzi Italian Bakery

West Warwick

DiVozzi offers an extensive menu of pastries and custom designed cakes.  Their variety of zeppoles includes raspberry whipped cream, mini boiled cream, and zeppoles made with ricotta or Bailey’s.  DiVozzi’s zeppoles, topped with mini Italian flags, will have everyone feeling Italian and ready to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day. 27 Pike St, West Warwick, 401-826-2253.

DiVozzi Italian Bakery

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Antonio's Bakery


Antonio’s offers fresh pastries, breads, and special occasion cakes daily for its customers, as well as Charlie’s Deli, serving a variety of appetizing sandwiches.  For St. Joseph’s Day dessert, Antonio’s makes traditional zeppoles and unique zeppoles filled with strawberry cream, chocolate, or Bailey’s cream. 2448 West Shore Rd, Warwick, 401-738-3727.

Antonio’s Bakery

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Felicia's Coffee

East Greenwich

Felicia’s Coffee, RI’s Ultimate Coffee House, is a great place to pick up some excellent coffee, teas, or specialty drinks to go with your St. Joseph’s Day treats. Felicia’s offers six different kinds of giant baked zeppoles. Their most popular is the traditional Italianzeppole, filled with ricotta, sweet cheese, and Golden rum.  Don’t forget to sample their signature Felicia’s blend zeppole, filled with coffee flavored cream, as well as the Lucky Charm, made with sweet Irish cream, the Pumpkin, the Cream Puff, and the Classic. 5757 Post Rd, East Greenwich, 401-886-4141.

Felicia’s Coffee

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Katrina's Bakery


At Katrina’s Bakery, their slogan is “Pleasing You is the Whole Point,” a statement their supply of breads, pastries, and pies definitely lives up to!  You can even grab a lunch to go, and be sure to keep an eye out for their holiday menus.  On St. Joseph’s Day, pick up some traditional zeppoles, or zeppoles filled with whipped cream and Bailey’s, to share with your friends and family.  One Casino Terrace, Newport, 401-847-8210.

Katrina’s Bakery

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Vesta Bakery


Vesta makes a delicious variety of cakes and offers a menu of gluten free desserts.  A fan-favorite St. Joseph Day treat at Vesta is the vanilla zeppole.  Other unique zeppoles you will find at Vesta are flavors like tiramisu, caramel, ricotta, chocolate, and Bailey’s. 77 Oak St, Westerly, 401-348-7055.

Vesta Bakery


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no dilouise?

Comment #1 by jon paycheck on 2013 03 16

Fra's in Westerly is one of the best places for zeppoles,

Comment #2 by Elizabeth Butler on 2013 03 16

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