In February 2012, Zeppoli was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation awards for Best New Restaurant. In September, Bon Appetit followed suit, naming Zeppoli one of its 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012.
Then last week, Philadelphia magazine checked in with more kudos for the Collings Ave. kitchen and its chef, Joey Baldino, ranking it 18th among the top 50 restaurants in Philadlphia for 2013:
This Collingswood BYO describes itself as “very intimate.” What they mean is “extremely small”—only 35 seats, so getting in at prime time isn’t always easy, even on a weeknight. And once you do get in, you’ll spend a fair amount of time jockeying for floor space with the person at the table behind you. But if you can endure all that, you’ll be treated to delicious, expertly conceived and completely un-fussy Italian plates like house-made tagliatelle topped with bottarga (a Sicilian cured fish roe), grilled swordfish or stewed rabbit.
Thoughtfully, the publication mentioned that guests from across the bridge ought to be responsible B.Y.O. patrons when they visit:
You Should Probably Know: That Collingswood police take the whole DUI thing very seriously. If you’re driving from Philly and bringing your own, mind the consumption.