If you can't hold on until the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19), Termini Bros. in South Philly is frying up zeppole all month long. They're not quite donuts; and not quite like the Sicilian originals (which were topped with cream and a cherry). At Termini's the zeppole's soft egg dough is twice fried to give it a crisp crust, then filled with a vanilla custard or ricotta cream. The dusting of powdered sugar still has a signature touch of cinnamon, as it has for the last 87 years.
Zeppole, $4 apiece, Termini Bros., 1523 S. 8th St., 215-334-1816, www.termini.com (and locations at the Reading Terminal Market, at Packer Park on Packer Avenue, and Williamstown, N.J.)