Nonna's Pizza Rustica

Pizza Rustica, a real treat at Easter and all other times that Nonna makes it! Watch the VIDEO of this recipe!

This recipe is featured in the Cooking with Nonna Cookbook!


For 8 Person(s)

For the Dough:

  • 1 pound all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 pound butter, cold
  • milk, as much as needed

For the Filling:

  • 1 pound basket cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 pound provolone - sharp
  • 1/4 pound mozzarella
  • 4 tablespoons grated pecorino cheese
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto
  • 1/4 pound sopressata
  • 1/4 pound mortadella
  • fresh black pepper, as desired
  • 1 large egg for the egg wash



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  1. Prepare the Dough:
    1. In a stand mixer, add the flour, salt and the butter cut in cubes.
    2. Let the flour absorb all the butter. Add the eggs and let them mix well.
    3. Add enough milk (about 1/4 + Cups) until you have a firm ball of dough.
    4. Let it rest.
  2. Prepare the Filling:
    1. Cut all the meats and cheeses in small cubes and put in a large bowl.
    2. Add the grated Pecorino and mix.
    3. Add the eggs and mix.
    4. Add the basket cheese and mix well.  Add fresh black pepper as desired. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the Pizza Rustica:
    1. Preheat the oven at 350F
    2.  Butter and flour a 9" springform pan.
    3. Cut a little less than 1/3 of the dough and set aside.
    4. With a rolling pin, roll the large piece of dough in a thin circle.
    5. Place the dough over the springform pan so that it overflows the borders of the pan.
    6. Add the filing and spread it evenly.
    7. With a sharp knife, cut the excess dough from around the border of the pan.
    8. With the remaining dough, roll it thin and with a ravioli cutter, cut strips to make the criss-cross strips and arrange them on top of the filling.
    9. Wet the strips with egg wash and bake for about 1 hr and 15 mins.


Tuesday, 28 May 2019
First of all, thank you for this recipe. I made it and while we thought it was very good, I have a f...
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- Xochitl
Monday, 25 March 2019
I love all your recipes,especially this pizza Rustica but I’d much rather watch Nonna make it. You...
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- RIse
Monday, 25 March 2019
I love all your recipes,especially this pizza Rustica but I’d much rather watch Nonna make it. You...
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- RIse
Sunday, 28 October 2018
My daughter and I have made this at Easter time for the past three years. The video really helped to...
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- Bscordam
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
I made your Pizza Rustica last night it came out fabulous......and absolutely delicious...... - elenajo1959
Sunday, 01 April 2018
My mother makes it every year. I made your recipe this year. HUGE HIT! Following the video while rea...
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- pitaliano
Friday, 30 March 2018
I discovered your pizza rustica on YouTube... I love the fact that you are not only saving Nonna's r...
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- kayhas3
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Just like Grandma Rose's. -
Thursday, 14 December 2017
My daughter and I made this following along with your video. We had as much fun as you both did, and...
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- carolynr1966
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