St. Joseph's Day Means Zeppoles For Many In RI

Mar 19, 2014

It's March 19th; St. Joseph's day, and for many Rhode Islanders that means just one thing: time for zeppoles. That's Italian pastry made from circles of dough similar to an eclair, filled with pastry cream, often dusted with powdered sugar and topped with a maraschino cherry.

Traditional Italian Zeppole
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Micheal Dellagrotta of La Salle bakery in Providence said the entire staff has been working since the early morning hours to make the thousands of pastries they expect to sell Wednesday.

"As far as one item, it's the biggest day of the year for us.  I've actually lost track this morning after about 6,000," said Dellagrotta.

At La Salle Bakery, people began lining up for the zeppoles around 5:30 this morning.  The pastries are very seasonal; usually only available at most bakeries during this week.

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