Where to Find Zeppole in Hoboken + Jersey City

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Zeppole {noun} — deep-fried dough balls sent from the heavens above, typically topped with some sort of sugar, but can also be dipped in sweet sauces; served hot. 

These little puffs of perfection are a classic Italian pastry, which many often be described as doughnut-like. But for those who know, these light and fluffy treats are anything but. A staple in the southern part of Italy, mostly from Rome and below, zeppole {singular: zeppola, though it’s impossible to eat just one}, are a classic dessert that has become a transatlantic delicacy in the states, especially in places like New Jersey + New York.

There are so many theories on where zeppole originated and the name and consistency changes based on location and region of Italy. But whether you call it zeppole, graffe, bignè di San Giuseppe, or something else, they are a classic festival dessert that has morphed and changed into what we know it to be today.  And, since we’ll all be missing the annual St. Ann’s Festival {due to COVID-19} where zeppole are in abundance, we’ve rounded up as many Hoboken and Jersey City spots as we could that serve these delectable sweets so you can get your fix this year {and all year-round}

Hoboken

Bin 14 {1314 Washington Street}

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Whether dining in or carrying out, Bin 14 has zeppole that will rock your world. The Zeppolini Brunch {$29 + tax/gratuity}, which consists of a small plate, a main, some bubbly, and an order of the restaurant’s famous zeppole, is a local favorite in the Mile Square. These little bites are served with three unique dipping sauces — elderflower, whiskey, + Nutella {we’re not drooling, you are}.

Pizza Republic {406 Washington Street}

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Typical of New Jersey festivals, Pizza Republic has the zeppole we all know and love —deep-fried, tossed in a heaping cloud of powdered sugar, and served hot. This Washington Street hot spot is a great place to grab dinner and dessert to go.

Streataly on the Hudson {20 Hudson Place}

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Zeppole aren’t only for treating yourself on FRY-days {we had to}. Streataly, which was created by Pop Up Pizza, is a great outdoor spot to have dinner and dessert. The zeppole here are fried to perfection, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. And to add to your indulgent meal, the restaurant also serves homemade gelato and sorbet. 

Read More: A Guide to Classic Italian Desserts in Hoboken

Jersey City

Atlas Public House {130 Newark Avenue}

The ricotta zeppole is one of the trademark dishes of Atlas Public House and there is no shortage of deliciousness, as these puffs are second to none. They come tossed in powdered sugar and drizzled in honey {yum}. The zeppole can be found on the brunch menu at Atlas.

Battello {502 Washington Boulevard}

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This waterfront restaurant has quite the menu lineup for dinner, drinks, brunch, and dessert. The ricotta zeppole here are not to be missed, as they are bite-sized treats that are served with burnt bourbon, Nutella cream, and a third seasonal sauce {this year, it’s a grapefruit capari sauce} — cue the mouth-watering.

Kitchen Step {500 Jersey Avenue}

Oh, do we love a good toss-up and The Kitchen Step does just that with its zeppole dessert. The zeppole served here is made using ricotta and is paired with a Nutella dipping sauce and strawberry marmalade. You’re welcome. 

See More: From Italy to Hoboken: Alessio’s, the Mile Square’s Newest Italian Cafe

Stadium Pizzeria {321 Route 440}

Zeppole are served as an appetizer at Stadium Pizzeria because, well, zeppole are really fit for any meal of the day. These fried dough balls are absolutely second to none. Served in orders of six, you might need to get a few to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Villa Borghese III  {475 Washington Boulevard}

Villa Borghese III is known for its classic Italian cuisine and is no stranger to the zeppole game. These house-made delights are cooked fresh and served hot. Plot twist — these zeppole are covered in cinnamon sugar, contrary to the typical powdered sugar, and served with a chocolate dipping sauce. 

What is your favorite spot for a zeppole dessert? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hoboken homeowner and lover of all things local, Danielle made her home in the Mile Square City nearly six years ago. Danielle is a second grade teacher by day; after hours, she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a a new recipe or grabbing a bite to eat with her husband and friends. Danielle is the try-er and buyer of all things beauty and loves finding a good deal. Shopping on Washington, interior decorating, and riding her Peloton are just a few of Danielle's favorite things. Oh, and did we mention her undying love for the New York Yankees?