Joseph Baldino Chef/Owner of Zeppoli restaurant has been surrounded by great food his whole life, crediting his mother and his two aunts as his earliest culinary mentors. The restaurant business has also been a part of his life with his maternal grandparents running a bar/restaurant around the corner from his South Philadelphia home. After many years working his way up the restaurant ladder, he began as a bus boy at a small local trattoria, graduated from both Temple University and The French Culinary Institute and eventually ended up as Chef de Cusine at Vetri Ristorante.
It is his extensive experience working for some of Philadelphia's most notable chefs, his travels in Italy and his most recent stay at Anna Tasca Lanza's farm in Sicily that resulted in his creation of Zeppoli, which highlights the simplicity of good ingredients and careful preparation that has always been a focus in his culinary vision.
Opened in 2011, Zeppoli is a small romantic and very intimate 35 seat BYOB restaurant located in Collingswood NJ. Our Restaurant serves Classic yet very simple, Italian cuisine with a strong focus on Sicilian. Combining New and Old World traditions, you can choose from Antipasti, homemade/imported pastas, grilled or roasted meats, and fish, as well as house made desserts and Gelati.
The name "Zeppoli" or Zeppole refers to "fried dough". These fried dough balls can either be savory or sweet. In the South of Italy and especially in Sicily, Zeppoli are also known as sfigne or St. Joseph's day cakes. These small Italian style doughnuts are either tossed in cinnamon/sugar, rolled with honey, or filled with sweetened fresh ricotta.
Surrounded by old black and white photos of Sicily and dark wooden walls, guests can relax and enjoy authentic flavors of the Mediterranean.
Selection of typical Sicilian salads, cured meats and cheeses (serves two or more)
Housemade fennel sausage served with broccoli rabe
|Gamberetti e Fagioli|
Whole shrimp sautÃ©ed with garlic, parsley, lemon and chili served over cannellini beans
Tomato and bread salad with capers and Sicilian white anchovies
Organic mixed green salad with lemon-fennel vinaigrette topped with shaved caciocavallo
|Gnocchi alla' Argentiera|
Spinach and ricotta gnocchi topped with Sicilian caciocavallo
|Tagliatelli al Limone|
Housemade pasta with lemon topped with either prosciutto or Sicilian bottarga
|Rigatoni alla Disgraziata|
Mezze rigatoni with eggplant, tomato, ricotta salata and basil-breadcrumbs
Traditional spaghetti with cockle clams and sicilian extra virgin olive oil
Sicilian style fusilli pasta with almond-pistachio pesto from the town of Trapani
Marinated rib-eye steak served with arugula and tomato salad
|Pollo di Sicani|
Half-roasted free range-chicken with rosemary, garlic, lemon and cippolini argodolce
|Sicilian Fisherman Stew|
Mixed Mediterranean seafood stew with saffron and Tunisian couscous
Stewed rabbit with tomato, fresh oregano with rosemary oven roasted potatoes
|Pesce Spada alla Griglia|
Marinated and grilled swordfish served with lemon and olive oil
|Torta Cioccolato e Mandole||9|
|Sicilian Orange-Blossom Lemonade|
Zeppoli is a small romantic and very intimate 35 seat BYOB restaurant located in Collingswood, NJ. Our Restaurant serves classic yet very simple, Italian cuisine with a strong focus on Sicilian.