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 shortening or lard, preferably lard
  • 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


  1. Get the Ingredients used in this recipe HERE!
  2. Prepare the Dough:
    1. In a stand mixer, add the flour, salt and the shortening or lard cut in cubes.
    2. Let the flour absorb all the shortening or lard. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.




Saturday, 03 July 2021
Wow. I made this for Easter this year and my whole family loved it. It was gone in two days! This pi...
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- Stella15
Friday, 02 April 2021
This looks amazing... can someone tell me how many cups are used in each 1/4 pound - applebella75
Thursday, 16 April 2020
Absolutely amazing! I made this for my family for Easter this year and everyone loved it. Nonna's pi...
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- daniella1997
Friday, 28 February 2020
Can you use Almond flour to make it Keto friendly?? - Jlwhiteiii
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
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