I know what you’re thinking-wait, Father’s Day is in June.
You’re absolutely right, but here in Italy it is celebrated today! Here’s a little bit of culture to explain this difference. In Italy, many people celebrate their “onomastico,” or name day. Traditionally, each day of the year carries the name of a saint. And today is the day of Saint Joseph, hence why it is Father’s Day here!
One of the best parts of Father’s Day in Italy is the appearance of the zeppole di san Giuseppe. There are two versions of this sweet, one baked and one fried. (Guess which one is tastier?!) The base is airy and light; the easiest comparison would be to a choux pastry. Then, it is topped with a dense pastry cream. The cherry on top is…well, literally a cherry. Many shops top them with the delicious amarena cherry.
I bought mine from a pastry store called Ambronsino in the Vomero area of Naples. It was packed to the gills and the zeppole looked great, so I gave it a try. I must say, the zeppole were very much appreciated by everyone!
Happy (Italian) Father’s Day to all the dads out there!