618 Collings Ave.
Collingswood , NJ 08108
Parking: Free lot in rear; street parking.
Handicap access: Not technically wheelchair accessible (there are two steps at entrance, but restaurant can make accommodations with notice. Bathroom is accessible).
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Cuisine type: Italian
Meals Served: Dinner
Style: After four years at this tiny BYOB, Joey Baldino has mastered the art of traditional Sicilian cooking, refining the subtleties and soulfulness to take seemingly simple and rustic plates to a place of deep satisfaction. Some work has been done to dampen the noise issues of this homey little dining room. It's still noisy. But the chef's steady presence has shaped Zeppoli into one of the most personal Italian dining experiences in not just South Jersey, but the entire region.
Specialties: Antipasto; finocchi salsiccia; shrimp and cannellini beans; spinach-ricotta gnocchi; tagliatelle al limone; spaghetti vongole; spaghetti con sepia; pesto Trapanese; Sicilian carbonara; half-chicken; swordfish steak; coniglio pizzaiola; Ragusa-style tripe; zeppoli; biancomangiare. Entrees, $19-$38.
Alcohol: BYOB. Think Italian, but especially Southern Italian, focusing on wines from Sicily or Campania. Deep reds (like Nero d'Avola) or exotic whites (like Inzolia, Malvasia di Lipari, or anything from Sicily's star winery, Planeta) is perfect for Zeppoli's cuisine.
Weekend noise: This boisterous little trattoria can still be extremely noisy. But some modest soundproofing has brought the din down to the low-90s (from previously in the high-90s). Midweek meals trend quieter. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Hours: Dinner Wednesday through Monday, 5-10 p.m. Closed Tuesday.