Cannoli and pastry cream filled Zeppole di San Giuseppe from The Italian Store in Arlington, Va.
I clapped when The Italian Store’s salesperson said they carry St. Joseph’s Day pastries today. These hard to find (at least outside of NY/Northern NJ) are, hands down, some of my favorite pastries. The salesperson smiled with her own pastry joy.
The Zeppole di San Giuseppe are a traditional specialty from southern Italy. The Italian Store prepared them with both cannoli (ricotta) cream and pastry cream. To make them yourself, watch a chef from the Academia Barilla prepare them (fried, with an option to bake).
The holiday celebrates the feast day of St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, according to Catholic tradition. For this reason, it is also the Italian Father's Day. And there's one more reason to celebrate: For those named Giuseppe, today is their onomastico (name day, like another birthday.)