Can't find the Inquirer column where Zeppole was mentioned, but I believe the chef comes with excellent credentials, so we were looking forward to our dinner.
Because the place is so tiny, they could only accomodate our party of 5 at 9. When we arrived, the noise was equal to Modo Mia, which is the noisiest place I've ever been to. By 9:30, we could actually hear each other. They really need to do something about the noise, perhaps something to the ceiling or walls to muffle the sound.
My husband and I shared 2 appetizers. The first was an appetizer sized portion of a short homemade pasta, similar to cavatelli in a really delicious pistachio almond pesto. The second, a special, was grilled sardines, well grilled and very fresh, but you gotta like sardines to order this.
My entree was the rabbit, prepared in a pizzaiola sauce. Well cooked, classic pizzaiola and decent roasted potatoes, but nothing to make me want to order it again. My husband had another special, the sea bream. The presentation was very nice and the fish was moist, but again, nothing to knock your socks off. Unfortunately, we could not taste one of our dining partners taglietele limone because she was getting over a sore throat, but she liked it. We did not taste our other partner's orders, so can't comment on them.
Dessert was rather confused. They brought us the wrong flavor of homemade gelato, but the vanilla we got was very creamy and had a very natural flavorful vanilla taste, so we didn't send it back. Because there was a mixup about what they were out of, we actually ended up with an extra dessert, something similar to a panna cotta, but with an almond flaver, which was pretty good.
Service was attentive, but we probably will not return because of the noise and because we didn't like it nearly as much as Collingswood's Sicilian gem, Sapori.
601 Haddon Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108