PIZZA CHENA (OR AS SOME PEOPLE CALL IT, APPIZA GAINA) ITALIAN EASTER TRADITION
Pizza Chena (or as some people call it, appiza gaina) Italian Easter Tradition
In our Italian American (mixed with some French Canadian) family, we had a lot of traditional foods passed down from the generations. One of my favorites at Easter is Pizza Chena. This usually gets made a day or two before Easter. It’s a fair amount of work to prepare it, with all of the cutting of the meats and cheeses. Some of the ingredients, like the basket cheese, may only show up in your local stores only around this time of the year. Dad usually makes at least two of these. Before the Easter holiday even arrives, close to one-half of one of them is usually gone from the nibbling that occurs.