Make sure you bring a friend and share. To pack away an order of three zeppoles alone on 14th Street will leave you feeling very, very guilty. And they're fried, and hot, and glorious—so you must eat them on the spot, right away.
And when you're having dinner at Artichoke, it would only feel right to follow up with dessert just a few doors east.
$1.50 for a small, $3.50 for a large, these are unfortunately pre-piped; I'd stick with the fried-to-order goods, which included fried Oreos. (This makes me tempted to ask about fried Twinkies!)
The namesake treats are fried to order, and sold three for $2.50. Solid, dense, and moist, and dusted with powdered sugar. Massive in size. If you eat them on the spot (which you should), a side of maple syrup will also be offered to sweeten the deal.
If you so desire, your zeppole can also come stuffed with a housemade vanilla pastry cream ($2.50 each).
Cookies & Cream
The soft-serves are outsourced, but the Italian Ice ($2.50 for small, $3.75 for large) is made on the premises. Flavors will be rotated, but the staples are Cookies & Cream...
... and Peanut Butter & Jelly.
$4, and also made to order. They are the size of a paper plate, crisp and, surprisingly enough, not too heavy. Also on the menu—deep fried calzones stuffed with sweetened ricotta ($5).