Led Zeppole, part of the Artichoke Pizza empire, is like a carnival fried food stand on 14th Street.
Traditional Zeppole originate in Italy with different regions producing their own unique varieties. Owing to the large population of Italian immigrants, zeppole have found their way to street fairs, carnivals, and the boardwalk shacks across New York and New Jersey.
Commonly, zeppole are small, light dough balls fried and covered in powered or crystalized sugar.
These dough balls from Led Zeppole are unexpectedly heavy. They are larger too, with a hole in the center for even frying. They are coated in powdered sugar but also rainbow sprinkles, another addition I didn’t expect.