The annual Statehouse celebration of holidays held dear by Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) at 4 p.m. at the Capitol.
This annual event is a traditional one: The patron saints of Ireland (St. Patrick) and Italy (St. Joseph) are celebrated in song, speech and glasses hoisted in toasts. Frank O’Donnell, a well-known Rhode Island comedian, has been selected to deliver the annual speech about the Irish heritage in Rhode Island. On the Italian side, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, will speak about Italian heritage.
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.
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.