Do you call it Fried Dough, or Pizza Fritte? At least we can agree on the fact that it' delicious. All June long, St. Louis Gonzaga Maronite Catholic Church on Rutger Street in Utica is serving it up.

The church in Utica has set up a drive-thru for Central New Yorkers to buy their sweet fried dough. The hours are from 9:00AM - 1:00PM at the church parking lot at 520 Rutger Street in Utica. The cost is only $2 for these amazing treats.


Father Elhachem tells WKTV that the church made about $2,000 last Saturday and the hope is to bring in about the same amount this week.

Father Elhachem says safety precautiuons are taken by all of the church member volunteers who put the fried dough together, inlcuding all wearing masks and gloves.

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Is It Fried Dough Or Pizza Fritte?

Fried dough is also called pizza fritte in Italian, and in Lebanese it's called zalabia. Fried dough is also known as fry dough, fry bread (bannock), fried bread, doughboys, elephant ears, scones, pizza fritte, and frying saucers.

How Is It Made?

Fried dough is made by deep-frying a portion of risen yeast dough. Then, the dough gets a weird, bubbly appearance from being fried. You can either eat it like that, or add amazing toppings like granulated sugar, powdered sugar, cinnamon, fruit sauce, chocolate sauce, cheese, maple syrup, whipped cream, tomato sauce, garlic butter, lemon juice, honey, butter, nuts, or a combination of these. You commonly find these treats at fairs and festivals all over New York.

Which Name Do You Call It?

Honestly, there is so much debate over this name. What do you call it here in Central New York?

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