Are not zeppole something like paczki. That is something that has always been there, but has suddenly emerged into greater view?
For those who have no idea what I am talking about, zeppole are to St. Joseph day what pazcki are to fat tuesday (or fat thursday to be ethnically accurate). We are talking donuts here. But what a donut a zeppole is.
Essentially, it is a donut souped up with dual carbs, headers and an extra dose of STP fuel treatment. A zeppole starts out as a basic french donut (i.e., a cruller). This donut is then sliced in half and filled with something really heavy. Standard choices include chocolate creme, vanila custard, and my favorite, canoli filling. "Lite" zeppole feature a mere candied cherry on top. Other's get a fruit topping. Being totally un-Italian, I have no idea of the meaning or origin of any of this stuff, but I know they are good.
Given the large Italian community near me, I have found multiple sources for zeppole including Claudio's mentioned below in the pazcki thread. Still, my favorite so far, is the ethnically vague but totally superior local bakery, Reuters. I had one this morning that I am still feeling an hour later.
Any other zeppole suggestions?