By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 02, 2017 at 11:01 AM Photography: Carolynn Buser

In case you haven’t heard – or indulged – yet, today is National Donut Day, a holiday that we at OnMilwaukee celebrated by visiting Joey Carioti at Cranky Al’s, 6901 W. North Ave., in Wauwatosa.

I also received some interesting stats this morning from the "Donut Index," conducted by data scientists at and the folks at the universal delivery app Postmates.

Although 96 percent of Americans are "nuts for doughnuts," apparently just over half (51 percent) think more highly of people who bring doughnuts to the office.

And the other 49 percent?

Two percent of Americans actually don’t like people who bring doughnuts to the office and a whopping 47 percent claim – claim!!! – that they don’t care either way. Puh-leez.

Surely, among that 47 percent are the 44 percent of Americans who say they’ve never done their officely duty and brought in doughnuts to share.

For the record, 3 percent of us say we don’t like doughnuts and another one percent actually hate them. Cover your ears, Homer. It’ll be OK.

Carioti says the cruller – which celebrity chef Alton Brown has praised at Cranky Al’s, noting the glorious deep-fried beauties as some of the top doughnuts in the country – is the most popular among Cranky Al’s patrons, who it should be noted began lining up this morning before the shop opened at 6 a.m.

However, according to the "Donut Index," these are America’s top five donuts:

  1. Glazed (28%)
  2. Boston cream (17%)
  3. Chocolate frosted (16%)
  4. Jelly filled (11%)
  5. Chocolate cake (7%)

Half of you, plus one, might be interested to know that Postmates is giving away free doughnuts to 5,000 offices in Milwaukee today. Click here, add a dozen doughnuts to your cart from your favorite local doughnut shop and use the code DONUTFAIRY to get them free.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.