Pizzagaina, also called Italian Easter pie, is a much-anticipated savory treat during Easter. It can be quite an undertaking to prepare, but I've got a simplified recipe here. Italian nonnis may curse me, but it tastes great!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
2 9-inch pizzagainas


  • 4 unbaked 9-inch pie crusts, divided

  • 2 (16 ounce) containers whole-milk ricotta cheese

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 2 large eggs

  • ½ pound sweet capicola (coppa)

  • ½ pound hot capicola (coppa)

  • ¼ pound pepperoni

  • 1 large egg white, slightly beaten


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Press 1 pie crust each into the bottom of two 9-inch pie dishes; set aside.

  2. Mix together ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and eggs in a large bowl until well combined. Roughly chop sweet capicola, hot capicola, and pepperoni; fold into cheese mixture. Divide evenly between the prepared pie dishes.

  3. Top each with a remaining pie crust, crimping the edges together to seal. Brush the top of each pie with beaten egg white.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until crust is golden brown, 45 to 60 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

529 Calories
40g Fat
23g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 529
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 804mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 19g
Calcium 184mg 14%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 188mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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