Pizza rustica is not a pizza in the way that we've come to understand it, though anyone who's spent time in Italy might well have come across it. Pizza Rustica: The word pizza simply means pie, and this term denotes a deep, pastry-encased creation.
This traditional Italian Easter pie is a chance to indulge on Italian meats and cheeses — salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, ricotta, and hard boiled eggs — after the long fast of Lent. Also called pizza rustica, it's a hearty filling between a double crust of pizza dough. | www.pinchmeimeating.com