Words cannot prepare people for just how delicious these are. Ever make a food where people abandon all pretense of sharing and “oh no, you first,” and just dive in? That’s these.

I firmly believe that these little Italian donuts are the up-and-coming to-die-for treat that will sweep dessert menus and food stands across Walt Disney World. Found first at Via Napoli, versions of these incredible desserts have now started popping up at the Flower and Garden Festival, Artist’s Point at Wilderness Lodge, and Downtown Disney.  Dipped in chocolate, served with raspberry drizzle, rolled in coconut and nuts… And all I’ve heard is that they’re all amazing.

Zeppole di Ricotta

A fantastic combination that’s almost like fried cheesecake, these pillowy fritter-like treats are delectable and ridiculously easy to make. And with no overly exotic ingredients, this is the perfect Sunday morning, fast, fun, but still special breakfast.  I’m contemplating keeping a tub of ricotta in my fridge just so I can make these at the spur of the moment.

In case people couldn’t tell, I’m a big fan of these. I’m already dreaming of making my next batch.  Honestly, I’m already getting requests for my next batch. Double honestly, I’m thinking of having a dinner party and making these so that I can be drowned in a chorus of “oh, these are amazing!” and impress everybody with my cooking awesomeness.

Zeppole di Ricotta – Via Napoli

Author: TheDisneyChef.com

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Italian

As is served at Via Napoli, Italy Pavilion,Epcot

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  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ cup ricotta
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Confectioner sugar, for dusting


  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and combine. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until completely blended. Slowly pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, then whisk until just combined and ingredients thoroughly moistened.
  2. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a large stockpot or deep fryer. Drop batter a few spoonfuls at a time, and fry about 5 minutes, turning once, or until both sides if fritters are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack over paper towels to drain about 1 minute. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve immediately.


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