PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - It's Saint Joseph's Day, a feast day celebrated by many people of Italian descent. For most, it's a day about eating Zeppole.
To really appreciate a traditional whipped creme Z eppole, you have to know its history.
During a famine in Sicily, families prayed to Saint Joseph to end their starvation. Their prayers were answered, so the people promised to offer their most precious possession; food, in Saint Joseph's honor!
The pastry was originally fried dough in the shape of a hammer, in honor of Saint Joseph who was a carpenter. Today, they are baked to be a bit healthier, and also come in different flavors.
Chocolate mousse, Baileys Irish creme, and custard are offered, but there's still nothing quite like the original.
LaSalle Bakery in Providence offers its customers a real neighborhood feel, often knowing their guests by name and even how they take their coffee.
And, that's something you can't put a price on.
Mary Larsen from The Rhode Show visited the bakery on St. Joseph's Day to learn what it takes to make these famous I talian pastries.
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