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Mar 2, 2009 10:56 AM

St. Joseph's day zeppole and sfingi

where in manhattan can i get good zeppole and sfingi for st. joseph's day? i know of a few italian bakeries in the city, but not sure who will have this and who will make it good. thanks!

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  1. Veniero's on E. 11th st. for sfingi and zeppole for St. Joseph Day.

    1. I know where I would go for fabulous ones in Bklyn and I know where I would go for pretty good ones in the Bronx, but I don't think I would set my sights too high for Manhattan...with one exception- I would call Sullivan St Bakery on W. 47th a couple of days before and ask if they'll be making them. good luck.

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      1. re: vvvindaloo

        The ones they make at Venieros are special for St Joseph day ,,, they are excellent. As good as any place in the Bronx, or Brooklyn.

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I should point out that I have never tried the sfinge or the zeppole there- I am just not a fan of Veniero's in general.

        2. re: vvvindaloo

          Vvvindaloo (not to hijack the thread), but please post the Bklyn loc for us.

          1. re: Cheese Boy

            The best are at Pasticceria Villabate in Bensonhurst, now called Pasticceria Villabate Alba. On 18th Ave and 70th. Sheeps' milk ricotta shipped from Sicily- it doesn't get more real than that.

            1. re: vvvindaloo

              thanks for the replies. i love villabate and i would love to get them there but i won't have time to while i'm in the city. :( they make the absolute best cannolis and yummy gelato too...i am getting hungry......not a huge fan of veneiro's but i will probably try them while in the city. thanks!

              1. re: lawyerlady

                veniero's used to be excellent on all pastries,,, its not as good as it used to be. But on special things like for st . jos day ,, they do a good job

        3. I prefer the ones a DiRoberti's on 1st Ave., round the corner from Veniero's.

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          1. re: corndog1

            thanks, haven't been there, will try it!

            1. re: corndog1

              Can't comment on the the St. Joseph offerings, but in general DiRoberti's is much better then Veniero's. Plus it's still old New York looking, without the assault of the gaudy remodel at Veniero.

              1. re: sugartoof

                Just to follow up, the DiRoberti sfingi weren't so exciting. I got the feeling they made a batch at the beginning of the week, and they had been sitting. They're also about half the size of what Veniero's is selling, so not a great value either. They make great cookies at least.

            2. I'm fairly sure Bruno's on Bleecker St and Ferrara on Grand St should make them, but can't vouch for either. Beyond these places (and Veneiro and De Roberti's), I'm at a loss about Manhattan. Second the praise for Villabate; also in Brooklyn and a little closer in, Court St Pastry makes very fine sfinge, too, and superb simple biscotti at embarrasingly low prices.

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              1. re: bob96

                I agree that Court St. Pastry is good, overall. I've never tried any of their specialty items, though.
                Bruno's on Bleecker is gone; did you mean Rocco's? I will never recommend them, nor spend another penny there-that's how much I can't stand Rocco's!
                Ferrara could be passable. I'd say there's a decent chance that anything you buy at Ferrara won't be *bad*. Their cannoli are ok, so their sfinge should be ok, too (same filling).
                I still think that Sullivan St. Bakery will have the best ones, if they are making them. Perhaps I will call and ask!

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  You're right about Bruno's, of course, and even more right about Rocco's. I'd also add that the revived Monteleone Pastry Shop a few blocks past Court St. Pastry looks promising. When did Sullivan St start making sfinge or zeppole?

                  1. re: bob96

                    I don't know that they did. But they do make certain Italian pastry items that they didn't make before (when they were on Sullivan), such as custard-filled bomboloni (get them while they're hot-they are AMAZINGLY GOOD).

                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                      I think the bomboloni is more a product of it being sort of a trendy item popping up. Cafe Falai is another one that got attention for doing bomboloni.

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        I called Sullivan St. Bakery and they will not be making anything in particular for S.Giuseppe. Oh, well.

                  2. re: bob96

                    Bruno's may have, they arent on bleecker they are on la guardia pl. they have courses on italian pastry making of all kinds, in their store on Hylan Blvd. staten island. Roma makes better pastries than Ferrara, Ferrara had its hayday in the 60s

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      Bruno's should have. And the La Guardia branch is very good.

                  3. Just wondering if we have any reports for this year? I took a look at Viniero's and DiRoberti's today.....both were $3.50 (is that the going rate?) and the Viniero's were big massive globs over stuffed with kinda prefab looking filling. They looked intense.

                    Anyone know how long they'll sell these for?

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                    1. re: sugartoof

                      Veniero's will bake them through Thursday the 19th, and you'll probably be able to buy leftovers a day or two after that but they'll be out of the fridge. $3.50 is pretty standard in Manhattan.