Italian Easter Pie

“Pizza Rustica” 

A traditional Italian food, known as Pizza Rustica (Roos’ tea cah), which is most often served during the Easter holiday. Unlike the flatter surfaced pizza commonly made in homes and restaurants, Pizza Rustica resembles a pie that is filled with cheeses and meats, which may include ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, and Romano cheese combined with meats such as sausage, salami, and prosciutto, or perhaps mortadella and soppressata instead of the sausage and salami. The ingredients are then baked within a pie dough crust and covering. The dough may be either pastry dough without sugar or yeast dough, both of which encase a savory filling of meats and cheeses.There are many varieties of the traditional Italian Easter Pie depending on where in Italy your family has come from.  My Family members are from Maida, Calabria and Pietraroia, Basilicata so the recipes are different. They vary depending on the region you’re from. This video was created by Laura Vitale who’s family emigrated here from the Naples region I believe.

Some of the names we are familiar with are: Pizzachiena, Ham Pie, Pizzachina, Pizza Rustica, Italian Easter Pie and others. (We pronounce it as if it were spelled – Pizzakeen)   My family makes it in traditional Calabrian style. Most recipes yield a thick pie. It is meant to be divided up & shared among all the family members. YUM!  

I have memories of my family at Grandmom’s house at Easter time enjoying it together with our Aunts, Uncles, & cousins. It’s a wonderful tradition that we want to continue.

The Memories are Priceless 

You can make your own pizza dough for this or purchase it. We usually buy it from our local Pizza Shop, Carluccio’s in Northfield, New Jersey.

Pizzachina in our family is served chilled. 

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Italian Easter Pie “Pizza Rustica”
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