U' pastizz 'rtunnar

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U' pastizz 'rtunnar
Place of originItaly
Region or stateBasilicata
Main ingredientsPork, eggs, cheese

U' pastizz 'rtunnar, commonly known as pastizz, is a baked turnover with a savoury filling, typical of the Basilicata region of Italy.[1]


In the Lucanian dialect it roughly translates as "the pastry of Rotondella", where it originated. It should not be confused with the Maltese pastizz.


It is a type of calzone, originated between the 18th and 19th century.[1] By tradition, pastizz was prepared in particular events of the year (pig slaughter, Easter and the celebration of Saint Mary of Anglona), when the availability of meat was increased. The half-moon shape is linked to a symbolism that refers to the concepts of female fertility and prosperity and recalls that of a large womb that holds nutritious elements.[1]


Preparation of the pastizz

Pastizz is traditionally cooked in a wood-burning oven. Its dimension is 15–20 cm long and 10–12 cm wide. Fresh seasoned pork (or, more rarely, goat meat) is the main ingredient, along with egg and cheese, seasoned with salt, parsley, pepper, and olive oil. The dough is made with hard wheat flour, lard, water, extra virgin olive oil, and salt.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "U' Pastizz 'Rtunnar Calzone". fondazioneslowfood.com. Retrieved July 26, 2020.

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