Providence is home to a variety of cultures and traditions, including large populations of Irish- and Italian-Americans. Restaurants and bars throughout the city will be going green for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, while Providence’s Little Italy, Federal Hill, will be snacking on traditional Italian zeppole on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. You don’t have to be Irish or Italian to join in on the fun.
The Providence Public Library houses a special collection featuring Irish, Scottish, and Celtic literature and folklore. The books on Irish literature and folklore were kept together as the Alfred M. Williams Collection on Irish Culture. Years later, a number of valuable books, pamphlets and broadsides were added to the collection. In those broadsides was the 1916 Easter Rising broadside Poblacht na hÉireann, a declaration of independence that is one of the most important documents in Irish history.
Zeppole are the traditional Italian pastry eaten to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day. This Neapolitan pastry was created in the 1800s and is made of baked or fried dough filled with either cream or custard, then topped with powdered sugar and a cherry. Here are some spots to pick up this delicious Italian treat:
Luigi's Restaurant & Gourmet Express
Wright’s Dairy Farm
D. Palmieri’s Bakery
Original Italian Bakery