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lost in suburbs Mar 8, 2013 03:12 PM

Any hope of finding them in San Diego?

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    sandiegoamyc Mar 17, 2013 06:50 PM

    I found last year here: http://www.cafezucchero.com/home.html
    This was the best I could get in Little Italy

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    1. re: sandiegoamyc
      cstr Mar 18, 2013 08:11 AM

      I find their pastry to be too commercial tasting, never saw a zeppole anywhere near LI.

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      brazlion Mar 15, 2013 04:29 PM

      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
        lost in suburbs Mar 15, 2013 04:46 PM

        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
          brazlion Apr 8, 2013 05:47 PM

          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

      2. Tripeler Mar 9, 2013 08:44 PM

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

        1. Fake Name Mar 9, 2013 09:31 AM

          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
            cstr Mar 9, 2013 09:34 AM

            Zeppole are right up there with CAB's.

            1. re: cstr
              lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 09:49 AM

              CABs- as in wine??????

              1. re: lost in suburbs
                cstr Mar 9, 2013 09:53 AM

                I'll let Fakey explain.

                1. re: lost in suburbs
                  Fake Name Mar 9, 2013 10:09 AM

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

                  see: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892405

                  1. re: Fake Name
                    lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 04:50 PM

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

                    1. re: lost in suburbs
                      Fake Name Mar 9, 2013 08:09 PM

                      Who you callin' old, Chowpuppy?

            2. Beach Chick Mar 8, 2013 04:41 PM

              Cucina Urbana


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              1. re: Beach Chick
                lost in suburbs Mar 8, 2013 09:13 PM

                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
                  polldeldiablo Mar 8, 2013 09:51 PM

                  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
                    cstr Mar 9, 2013 06:30 AM

                    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!

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                      Beach Chick Mar 9, 2013 06:46 AM

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

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                        cstr Mar 9, 2013 09:22 AM

                        And they're meatless!

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                          Beach Chick Mar 9, 2013 09:40 AM

                          Can I get a Hallelujah for that...

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                          ipsedixit Mar 9, 2013 08:29 PM

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

                          1. re: ipsedixit
                            Beach Chick Mar 10, 2013 08:22 AM

                            They would do well in SD..

                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              JRSD Mar 10, 2013 08:38 AM

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

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                                ipsedixit Mar 10, 2013 11:32 AM

                                And they shuttered.

                        3. re: cstr
                          lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 09:03 AM

                          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
                            cstr Mar 9, 2013 09:19 AM

                            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.


                            1. re: cstr
                              lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 09:47 AM

                              Thanks!!! will give this a try!

                          2. re: cstr
                            JRSD Mar 9, 2013 10:16 AM

                            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
                              polldeldiablo Mar 9, 2013 10:42 AM

                              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
                                lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 04:49 PM

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

                                1. re: lost in suburbs
                                  polldeldiablo Mar 9, 2013 04:56 PM

                                  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.

                          3. re: lost in suburbs
                            Beach Chick Mar 9, 2013 06:53 AM

                            Did you try calling around Little Italy?


                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 09:00 AM

                              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
                                cstr Mar 9, 2013 09:21 AM

                                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.

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                                  lost in suburbs Mar 9, 2013 09:48 AM

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

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                          mcgrath Mar 8, 2013 03:53 PM

                          And the scramble to google this commences...

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