St. Joseph’s Day: Where to Get Your Zeppoles

Monday, March 19, 2012


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Is there anything better than a zeppole on St. Joseph's Day?

Ask New Yorkers about what a zeppole is and they’ll tell you it’s simply a ball of fried dough. But all Rhode Islanders know that a real zeppole is fried or baked and filled with rum or vanilla cream, probably garnished with some powdered sugar and a cherry. Thousands of the Italian treats are sold every St. Joseph’s Day. We’ve compiled the best bakeries from around the state to get your dough fix this today.

East Greenwich: Felicia’s Coffee
Comfortable and inviting, this East Greenwich coffee house is a comfortable spot to sit and relax with friends. Serving up a variety of coffees, teas, specialty drinks, and pastries, it provides a different atmosphere to pick up your zeppoles than the traditional Italian bakeshop. 5757 Post Rd, East Greenwich, 886-4141.
Warwick: Antonio’s Bakery
Old School pasties right in the heart of Warwick... you could even grab a dozen on your way to the airport for Spring Break. 2448 West Shore Rd, Warwick, 738-3727.
Newport: Katrina’s Bakery
It may be in the heart of Gilded Age Newport, but it's still a haven for zeppoles done the old-fashioned way. You won't regret stopping in. One Casino Terrace, Newport, 847-8210. 
Providence: LaSalle Bakery
You know you're in the heart of Providence when you've got a bakery with three, yes three, varieties of Zeppoles: original, chocolate, and (was St. Patrick's day just two days before St. Joseph's?)... Bailey's Irish Cream Zeppoles (with shamrocks!). The real deal. 685 Admiral St, Providence, 228-0081; 993 Smith St, Providence, 831-9563.

Providence: Scialo Bros. Bakery
Family owned and operated since 1916, this Federal Hill staple is making zeppoles just as delicious as the day it opened. With all their pastries made on the premises in historic brick ovens, you can’t go wrong with any products from this Providence Italian tradition. 257 Atwells Ave, Providence, 421-0986.

South County: DiVozzi Italian Bakery
DiVozzi has two locations in South County, both serving up an assortment of pastries and sweets for those southern Rhode Islanders. With little Italian flags placed in each zeppole, you know they mean business. Route 108, Kingstown Rd, Peace Dale, 284-4511; 1014 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, 284-4333. 

Westerly: Vesta Bakery
Low-key but beloved among the Westerly crowd, you can't do better than this lovely bakery that will open an hour early when a patron needs a treatcalvi. And yes, make zeppoles. Bet half of Connecticut is on its way there right now. 47 Railroad Ave, Westerly, 348-7055.

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