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 “sfinge” 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.
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.
Collingswood, NJ 08107