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Mar 8, 2013 03:12 PM


Any hope of finding them in San Diego?

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  1. And the scramble to google this commences...

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Thanks for trying Beach Chick, but fraid that Cucina Urbana' s so called "zeppole"
        "zeppole | italian style donut holes
        huckleberry jam + meyer lemon crema"
        is not what I am craving.

        THIS is more what I had in mind

        1. re: lost in suburbs

          Used to have them all the time in nyc at either street fairs or at some pizza place called stromboli's. Alas this isn't nyc and I have yet to find any. You would prob have to go to a old school italian pizza joint which is prob in north county somewhere. Hopefully someone in north county knows somewhere. I actually seem to remember a old school italian pizza place somewhere in north county but that was like 7 years ago and I don't specifically remember zeppole's being there.

          1. re: polldeldiablo

            You may be confused, stromboli's which generally contain savory fillings are not zeppole's. I make my own zeppole, puffy light clouds of goodness, great with an expresso!

            1. re: cstr

              'puffy light clouds of goodness' . . . who doesn't love something with the word 'puffy' in it.

                1. re: cstr

                  Can I get a Hallelujah for that...

                2. re: Beach Chick

                  Where's a Beard Papa when you need one ...

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      There is/was one in Plaza Bonita per mmm-yoso

                3. re: cstr

                  Yes, cstr,that is correct. A stromboli is similar to a calzone, but has a different shape. Polideldiablo, I think that is what you might have seen at street fairs.
                  CSTR - can you share your zeppole recipe?

                  1. re: lost in suburbs

                    The recipe is fairly intricate but, here's a good one to use, depending on the amount you wish to make. I make a lot of them, especially around Christmas and Easter. I mean if you are going to put in the effort, you should reap the rewards.

                    You may want to give a shout out on the Homecooking Board.


                  2. re: cstr

                    I think that polldeldiablo is referring to Strombolis, a pizza place on St. Marks Street and Avenue A or First Ave. Its a very busy late night stop.

                    1. re: cstr

                      No I meant the name of the place that sold them was literally named 'stromboli's'.

                      Oops, posted this without reading jrsd's response. Didn't realize it was still open.

                      1. re: polldeldiablo

                        Yes, yes- great place to get a late night slice- but don't remember seeing zeppole there

                        1. re: lost in suburbs

                          Probably not anymore, last and only times I went there was during k-6 grade at nearby p.s.41 which was like uh 23 years ago.

                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      next step, but was hoping that maybe there was some old school Italian bakery somewhere out there that was not there

                      1. re: lost in suburbs

                        If you find an Italian bakery worth anything in SD, please let me know. I resort to trips to the East Coast for my fix.

                        1. re: cstr

                          Same here- last year, brought a dozen back in my carry on. A little worse for wear, but sooooo good!

                4. I don't know my Zeppole from my right arm, but I understand Monello is offering some interesting Italian (no authenticity suggested or implied) pastry at brunch.

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                  1. re: Fake Name

                    Zeppole are right up there with CAB's.

                        1. re: lost in suburbs

                          CAB = Carne Asada Burrito a powerfully ambivalent food attributed to both gods and devils.


                          1. re: Fake Name

                            Thanks Fakey- I can see that you are a real old school Chowhound ;-)

                    1. Zeppole? Isn't he one of the characters in Super Mario Brothers?

                      1. You can get zeppoli (it's zeppole if you're northern Italian) at Village Pizzeria in Coronado. Not quite as good as at festivals in South Philly, but they'll do. They're a lot like beignets.

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                        1. re: brazlion

                          Thanks! good a reason as any to make the trip to Coronado-

                          but never heard of zeppole - (zep-oh-lay) considered a northern Italian pronunciation

                          1. re: lost in suburbs

                            guess it's more accurate to say that the zeppoli version of the plural (which is what how the menu at VP lists them) is more common in some southern Italian dialects.

                            potato, potato, I think you'll like the VP zepp's