Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Recipe: How to make a traditional Pizza Rustica (also known as Easter Pie).

 One of my family's favorite parts of Easter is my grandmother's traditional Easter pie known as pizza rustica.  Spoiler alert, it's not actually pizza.  The best way to describe pizza rustica is by calling it a meat pie.  It is filled with all different types of dried pork meats mixed with ricotta, mozzarella, and eggs.  It's not the most healthiest of foods, but when you eat a slice once a year, you just try not to think about it.

My husband LOVES pizza rustica so much that he will talk about it all year long.  He makes sure to bring it up during every holiday dinner, special occasion, and sometimes for no reason at all.  Well, my grandmother doesn't like to disappoint, so Nanny surprised him with his very own pizza rustica this Christmas!  Let's just say, to him, Nanny won Christmas this year.  Actually, the below picture is of my husband's present which sort of feels like cheating.

Today I'm going to share with you my grandmother's famous recipe for a delicious, traditional pizza rustica.  Bon apetit!

recipe for italian meat pie known as pizza rustica

Recipe:  Pizza Rustica (aka Easter Pie)


(2) Pie Crusts

Note:  My grandmother makes her own pie crust from scratch.  Unfortunately, she didn't have a brand to recommend, so you'll have to experiment if you're going store bought.

(1/4 lb) Salami
(1/4 lb) Ham
(1/4 lb) Soppressata
(1/4 lb) Pepperoni
(8) Eggs
(1/2 Cup) Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
(16 oz) Fresh Mozzarella
(16 oz) Ricotta


Preheat the oven to 325*.

Prepare the meat by making sure all skins are removed if necessary and dicing into 1/4" pieces.  Make sure to keep each meat separate after dicing.  Tip:  This process is easier if you use scissors instead of a knife.  Dice the fresh mozzarella in 1/4" pieces and put to the side.  In a bowl, beat the (8) eggs.  Mix the grated cheese and mozzarella into the eggs.

Coat the bottom of your pie pan with a nonstick spray.  Lay the first pie crust along the bottom of the pan.  Pour a thin layer of the egg mixture along the bottom of the pie.  Spread your first type of meat as an even bottom layer until it covers the entire pie crust.  In between each layer of meat, spread an equal amount of ricotta and the egg mixture.  Continue this method until the pie is full and all of your ingredients have been used.  Slice the second pie crust into strips and cross it across the type of the pie as mentioned above.  Tip:  Don't put a full top layer of crust on top.  It's just too much for this already heavy pie.  Brush some melted butter on top of the top crust.

Bake for an hour and a half.

Once the pie is cooked through and the crust is golden brown, slice and enjoy!  If you're planning on making this ahead which is totally recommended to save time, make sure you cover the pie with aluminum foil when reheating.  It's also worth noting that this pie should be served room temperature, not scorching hot.

What do you traditionally eat on Easter?


  1. Ci provo. Grazie per la ricetta. Ciao.

  2. I'm actually making a pizza on Friday for lunch :) I also make my own crust as it is very simple and takes about five minutes. I'm stuffing mine with garlic, carrots and veggie cheese. For simple pizza crust you just mix one cup of yoghurt (liquid one is better) with two cups of any kind of your fave flour, 2-3 tbsp of oil, a bit of baking powder and a pinch of salt. You mix it with a spoon, throw it onto the baking paper, roll it out and transfer it into the pan. And that is it.

    1. Is the yogurt dairy or soy? Just curious because I don't remember if you eat any dairy. Sounds simple enough! Pizza Rustica is a pie. I'm not sure why they're trying to trick the world with such a name. :)

    2. I generally don't do dairy, but I won't die if I make a yoghurt pizza crust once in a two months or so LOL

    3. The only dairy that I really do is the occasional fancy cheese in an antipasto and ice cream. Then I'm sick for the rest of the night. LOL The only dairy product that doesn't bother me at all is ricotta cheese. Not sure why. Cream is the worst though. Ugh, makes me feel like death. Cream gives me severe stomach pains.

  3. I think we made one of those many years ago after seeing it in an Italian cookbook we have. Usually for Easter, we have a honey baked ham, deviled eggs and a coconut cake. Side dishes vary! One year I made an Easter lasagna that had ham, veggies and a bechamel sauce.

    1. My grandma always makes a ham for Easter. It's one of my least favorite things in the world. My Nanny being the fabulous grandmother that she is, always has a fried chicken cutlet with applesauce waiting for me to eat instead. :) The Easter lasagna sounds good, but maybe we could sub the ham for bacon!

  4. Well that is a different pizza that isn't really a pizza but uses the pizza name anyway lol

  5. This sounds amazing. I just pinned it so I can give it a try soon!


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