Photograph by Kevin A. Roberts
One of this town's most unheralded treats has just come into season. Zeppole (ZEP-oh-lay or ZEP-oh-lee), a treat associated with Italians celebrating the feast of San Giuseppe, or St. Joseph, are filled doughnuts. Missouri Baking Company on The Hill has them until the feast day, March 19, is over.
Missouri Baking squeezes a custard filling inside the tender zeppola, and finishes it with just a light hit of cinnamon. Like all filled pastries, it may be a little messy to eat, but it's way worth the effort and the calories.
And while you're there, consider, too, the sfogliatelle, puff pastry shaped like giant pasta shells and filled with a dense old-school cheesecake filling. No sweets for you? They also sell fresh pizza dough.
Very busy, especially later in the week; take a number and wait for the nice ladies. But come prepared: the zeppole are $2.10 each, and they don't take credit or debit cards.
Missouri Baking Company
2027 Edwards Ave.
Closed Sunday afternoon and Monday
Wheelchair access: Poor
Photo by Kevin A. Roberts