Today is St. Joseph’s Day, and many Rhode Islanders are celebrating the holiday with zeppoles. The special pastry is available only around this time of year.
Customers pack Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill in Providence. They’re waiting to get their hands on a zeppole.
The Italian pastry is like a fancy donut. It’s got a flaky crust and cream, topped with powdered sugar, and sometimes a cherry.
Waiting in line, Mary Reynolds says she comes to Scialo’s every year on St. Joseph’s Day.
“It’s sweet and wakes your palate up, you go mmmm yummy, a little bit of goodness in a bite," Reynolds said.
Reynolds says she is bringing a box of zeppoles back to her office, because they’re only available this time of year.