Easter Pizza? Sure, We’re all Italians Here! ~ By Leelee

Hi everyone!

You must see this video. Chef Pasquale is too cute for words. Pizza Rustica is an Italian tradition at Easter time.

My Mom always made it with pepperoni and hard boiled egg, but there are so many variations and you can put in it what you like (as like Chef Pasquale). As Mom got older, it was too much for her and time consuming to make the dough, so the store-bought dough works just as well.

Here is a blurb I found on recipes.wikia.com: “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.”

Happy Easter to everyone. For those of you who do not celebrate Easter, I wish you all a Happy April.


23 thoughts on “Easter Pizza? Sure, We’re all Italians Here! ~ By Leelee”

    1. OK, Marie, next time you’re down I’ll make it for you. (Are you laughing as much as I am?) OK – the Italian deli near me will make it for you.

  1. Isn’t this the same as Easter calzone? Me and my family used to make it with Italian sausage, pepperoni, hard boiled eggs and provolone. Of course, my mom made her fabulous homemade dough which she used for her yummy pizzas and homemade bread. I bought some calzone this week at an Italian deli and ite was really good. There is also an Easter barley pie I bought today. Think it is called pasisteria. So good.

    1. From what I’m finding out, there are so many variations that are called many different things. A lot of it depends on where in Italy you are from. Your family Easter calzone sounds yummy and seems similar to the Pizza Rustica. The barley pie (or grain pie) was also a family tradition of my family as well. However, I was not a fan. I don’t recognize the name “pasisteria” but it sounds good to me 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  2. This looks so delicious and pretty simple to make. I would love to go over to Chef Pasquale’s house and eat a piece. Yummmmmm. Everyone have a blessed Easter or an easy Passover.
    Thank you Leelee for sharing this with us.

  3. People in my family aren’t particularly wild about ham, so my oldest daughter is going to make us all “Easter Lasagne” for tomorrow…so we’re all a-gonna be having an Italian Easter dinner! Mangiare, mangiare!

  4. Happy Easter, Passover and Spring. I am not Italian but until I was 25 and later during visits to my parents house I had a Lithuanian Easter:
    Colored Eggs, sausages, Ham, rich cheese, home-made bread, egg yolk cake and tortes (fancy cake). I am sure the young generation now have their own versions.
    MARIE I now have a list of “100 Ways to Say I Love You in Italian”. I am starting to memorize all so when I get to see Ignazio I am ready. I will share one with you “Ti amo”

    1. 100 ways! Good for you Gina! Guess I’ll just have to say ” Ti Amo” 100 times. So…I’ll bet the “cute” sentence I shared with you isn’t on that list, huh?

      I hope the “young generation” are holding on to those great traditional recipes. I hope “our generation” is encouraging that. Your Lithuanian Easter sounds delicious! Never heard of egg yolk cake. Must be RICH and yummy!

  5. I wish I had a nice Italian Easter dinner this year…over in Sicily…in Naro…with a really nice Italian family named Barone. I’m sure I could keep them amused and entertained with my pirate ways and charms. *sigh* Actually I would love to have a nice Easter dinner. Despite the fact I work for a Catholic Church, the rest of my family does not celebrate Easter much unless I move them to do so. That is never any fun, and I am too tired from my work tonight ( Easter Vigil) to cook a dinner for anyone. However, I would like to wish all of you who do not celebrate Easter a pleasant Happy Spring, enjoy those chocolate eggs! For those of you who do celebrate the Passover, I wish you Shalom and Good Sabbath. For those who celebrate the Easter event….I say to you ” Hallelujah, He is Risen. He is Risen indeed. Happy Easter!” I love all my IL VOLO family and I look forward to the day when I might meet all of you.

      1. Pirate, all your wishes are religiously ( & maybe politically, too) correct. So I would like to borrow them as well, and add one of my own: BUONA PASQUA. This is the one WE will probably need when WE share Easter dinner with the Barone family!!
        Tomorrow my family will have a good old American BBQ with an Easter egg hunt for the kiddies. Since I will be at the home of one of my sisters who thinks I have gone round the bend as far as IL VOLO is concerned, we won’t be listening to any of my favorite music. *so SAD* But when I get home, I will listen to some grande musica L’Italiana, and check in here with Amici miei here at the Flight Crew. (How am I doing with the Italian, Jana?)
        Hope all the IlVolovers have a splendida weekend!

    1. Well said Pirate, I would also love to be eating with one of the IL Volo families in Italy of course. God Bless You…He has Risen indeed.

    2. Very sweet wishes, Pirate. Now for Easter meals in Italy, I feel it would be necessary to spread my charm: i.e., breakfast with Barone, lunch with Boschetto, dinner with Ginoble, and dessert with Torpedine. I think it’s more fun to spread my charm 🙂

  6. I’m not sure where to ask this question. I have $1,000 credit for Delta airlines. I also had this “crazy” thought…wouldn’t it be fun to use it to fly to Italy and see our boys in their homeland?!?! Crazy? Would anyone like to do this with me?

    1. Oh, Jill, Jill, Jill. Only a few thousand would take you up on your offer. Since it appears I’m the first to reply, though, I’ve got dibs! Right?

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