321 North Main Street, Port Chester, NY
We have been wanting to go to ZeppoleMe for a long time, since we heard about it from our friends at OMNOM and today we got our wish!
A Zeppole is an Italian donut/fried dough treat that can be served in many different ways. People usually eat them at Italian church feasts for Saint Joseph’s day or at street fairs. At ZeppoleMe, in Portchester, you can have them all year round. The two owners, Marc Tessitore, who owns the restaurant Nessa, which is next door, and his partner Robert Squeri opened in Spring 2013 because at Nessa they sold so many zeppoles and people loved them so much, that they decided to dedicate a whole place to them!
Inside of the restaurant it is decorated with holiday gift baskets with coffee and peppermints and lots of other cool and interesting ingredients that you would find in their food. There are bar type tables or you can also sit at the bar if you like. Today, they were playing Tom Jones, on the system — my dad told me that in the 1960s and 70s ladies would throw their underwear at him while he was on stage — that’s JUST WEIRD! 🙂
Today, I started with a Hot Chocolate, made with steamed milk — it was delicious!
And then we got to try three types of Zeppole…
The Classic, was very light and airy… it was really just the outside crust and the inside was hollow. This is the typical one that you have at Italian feasts. We had these with Hazelnut Nutella and Buttercream dipping sauces.
The Modern, was crunchy on the outside and fluffy dough on the inside…it was also very light. We had these with Vanilla Cream and Peppermint dipping sauces.
The Oreo Zeppole
The Oreo Zeppole, is same as The Modern, except, the dough has crushed Oreos in it. These were awesome, and we had these with Pumpkin Spice and more Buttercream sauce!
I liked them all, but my favorite was the Oreo Zeppole, which I dipped in the Hazelnut Nutella sauce. Chocolate craziness!
We didn’t try it, but one of the most popular choices is the Bacon, Chive and Provolone Cheese Zeppole. So, you can have either sweet or savory, whatever you prefer.
I spoke with Josh, our server and asked:
What does Zeppole mean in English?
He said, “It’s just the Italian name for fried dough.”
I also asked him what his favorite zeppole and dipping sauce is…
“I like “The Classic” with the Hazelnut Nutella dipping sauce.“
What is the most popular Zeppole at ZeppoleMe?
“For Sweet, people love “The Modern”… the most popular savory is the “Bacon, Chives and Provolone”… it’s really good.“
I’m definitely going to come back and try the Bacon, Chive and Provolone — I wonder if the Nutella sauce will go with that — Ha Ha Ha!
The Sunday Diner Rating (out of 5)
FOOD * * * * * (5)
SERVICE * * * * * (5)
LOOKS: * * * * * (5)
BATHROOM: * * * * * (5)