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!


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


  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.

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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
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Great recipe! The oven temperature was perfect, Ingredients were very good! Delicious and very eas...
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- difranco31
Thursday, 14 December 2017
After years of making pizza rustic this is the best I have used. It is absolute perfection! Don't ch...
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- Oper8sgirl
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Nonna's Pizza Rustica was amazing! - neen725
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Absolutely amazing Pizza Rustica! My family absolutely enjoyed every bit of this over the Easter Hol...
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- crivello13
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Made this for my Family for Easter. It traveled well- we had to go from Maryland to New Jersey. It...
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- Jobear12n
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Everyone loved this dish I had no left overs!! It was the best pizza rustica recipe ever and a keepe...
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- Crystal313