About Us

Zeppoli’s Restaurant and Wine Shop opened in October of 1996. Owners Doris Fleming and Joe Slattery wanted to create an Italian restaurant that featured something they felt was lacking in many of the chain-type restaurants; fresh, made from scratch Italian cuisine, using both traditional recipes and some of their own creations. Both were seasoned restaurant people, Doris having lived here and worked over 20 years in various restaurant settings and Joe having owned and worked in 3 of his own restaurants in Blacksburg.

Drawing from recipes handed down by their Italian mothers and recipes they had created while working in other restaurants, they came up with a menu that features both traditional Italian foods and interesting and innovative dishes using favorite Italian ingredients.

All of the pasta including the ravioli is made fresh at the restaurant, along with the bread, soups, meatballs, sauces and many of the desserts. Shortly after opening, Zeppoli’s expanded its wine selections and opened a retail shop in the lobby of the restaurant. By offering its customers reasonably priced wines from around the world, they are able to truly enhance your dining experience.

Zeppoli’s Restaurant is a member of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and supports many charitable organizations in the area such as Special Olympics and the Knights of Columbus. In our dining room you can find a local art gallery courtesy of the Blacksburg Art Association.

Today, Cody Thompson, Chris Mullens and Zeppoli’s Restaurant continue the tradition of offering great food and wine at great prices, and hope you will visit soon.

“Il benvenuto a tutto e gode.” Welcome to everyone and enjoy!

What is a Zeppoli?

Zeppole, as they are actually called, are small balls of fried dough, topped with powdered sugar, similar in taste to what we call funnel cakes in Virginia. They are traditional desserts of Southeast Italy, often served at festivals, streets fairs, and on religious holidays such as the Feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on March 19. On that day, Zeppoli’s offers free zeppole to it’s customers.