La Pastiera | “Pizza Gran” | Easter Grain Pie

Pizza Gran

Pizza Gran

La Pastiera, or more commonly know as Pizza Gran, is a Neapolitan grain pie that’s synonymous with Easter. It’s one of my all-time favorite Italian Easter desserts and it’s absolutely delicious!

It’s very similar to an Italian ricotta cheesecake but with the addition of farro (wheat berries). The wheat berries will be easy to find around Easter time. Many supermarkets will be carrying them. So, the search for them shouldn’t be so difficult. 

lattice top

lattice top

I put a festive twist on this recipe by coloring some of the wheat berries with food dye to speckle the pie nicely and carry along the colorful  Easter theme.

The lattice top adds an elegant touch. You can alternatively cover the entire top with a sheet of dough.  If you have any leftover dough make some quick directions to add on top making it more festive for Easter.  Shapes such as eggs, flowers, bunnies, and chicks should do the trick. Get creative and have some fun! The kids will like this part too.