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Is it pizza rustica season yet?

Anyone know if Leo's is selling them yet?

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  1. Lisa and I have talked about a place in Whitestone called Strawberry Farms on Willets Pt. Blvd. and 150th Street.
    It is a pretty decent fruit and vege market with an Italian deli operating in the back that makes the best fresh Mozzarella I have ever eaten. ( Imported buffalo mozzarella included! )
    I was there this weekend and noticed two huge loaves of the rustica on top of the counter. The line was too long and I was in a rush so I didn't get a chance to ask for a little slice to taste.Looked extremely interesting!
    Regards,
    JK

    1. John,

      Does this muzzi compare to Leo's? Have you ever had Leo's? I will definitely make it my business to check out--thanks
      who's lisa?

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      1. re: abu applesauce

        Never had Leo's. But if you can get over to Whitestone make sure you also try thr Mozzarella there.
        Lisa is a long time poster from Whitestone now known as ZenFoodist.
        JK

        1. re: abu applesauce

          Where is this Leo's I hear so many speak of? thanks in advance!

          1. re: ardnaxela

            On 104th street btwn 47th ave and 46th ave

        2. Thanks--maybe i will do a muzzi hunt, starting at leo's, up to strawberry farm in whitestone, then to arthur avenue...
          If you read this board you've defitely heard of leo's--BELIEVE THE HYPE!!

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          1. re: abu applesauce

            Durso's on Utopia Pkwy @ Crocheron Ave. is also a great resource for fresh "muzzi" in our neighborhood. Excellent raviolis and fresh pasta.
            Regards,
            JK

          2. I thought this was an Easter food. During that season, the best can be found in Manhattan at DiPalo. I buy a dozen and freeze them so I can enjoy all year round.

            1. it is an easter thing--but I can still try...

              1. Sorriso's in Astoria has some great looking Pizza Rustica last weekend.

                1. pizza rustica at Christmas?????

                  My ancestors are whirling in their tombs... ;)

                  1. What is it that makes these so seasonal?

                    1. Prior to 1965, Roman Catholics fasted pretty seriously during Lent (40 days before Easter), generally abstaining from eating meat and rich foods, and completely fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. In addition, it was the custom to fast from Saturday after dinner until after Mass Sunday morning.

                      Pizza Rustica (AKA Pizza Chiena AKA Pizza Gain) was traditionally served on Easter Sunday after Mass (usually before 12). It is a very rich pie of eggs, cheeses, salami, prosciutto to break the fast.

                      Later in the day, the extended family would get together for an elaborate feast.

                      1. I left out one important detail: it would be made a day or two in advance and served Sunday morning at room temperature. It is a rich, yet simple meal to help sustain the cook through a day of elaborate preparations.