Sunday Photo – Sfingi di San Giuseppe

Photo courtesy of Paul Sconzo

Tomorrow, March 19th, is the Italian feast day celebrating the life of Saint Joseph. It is perhaps the most important of all the Italian Saints’ days and is one of the major feast days of the year. It even has its own pastry, le sfingi di San Giuseppe. This fried and stuffed Italian pastry goes by a number of names depending on Italian geography and also can have a variety of fillings. Around Campania, they are typically referred to as zeppole and may or may not have a filling. The sfingi that I remember best from growing up in Brooklyn were the Sicilian styled ones from Court Pastry on Court Street that were filled with cannoli cream. These are only made at this time of year and were particular favorites of my father. One of the things I miss most about not living in or closer to NYC is not being able to consistently enjoy treats like this. The one in the photo above was taken by my brother in Westchester County, NY.


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4 Responses to Sunday Photo – Sfingi di San Giuseppe

  1. Gerry Erchak says:

    Mama Mia’s Italian Bakery in Saratoga has some great-looking St. Joseph’s pastries.

    • docsconz says:

      Thanks, Gerry, good to know. I haven’t heard of them before now, Gerry. Have you tried pastries from there? Where are they in Saratoga?

      • Gerry Erchak says:

        I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I haven’t tried them but friends rave. They are in the Price Chopper plaza on Ballston Ave. (Rte. 50) on the opposite end of the plaza. They are attached to Mama Mia’s pizzeria.

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