Also referred to as an Italian Pie, variations of the Italian Torta also include small pie-like tarts filled with meat such as ham and pepperoni combined with an egg custard, providing both a slightly sweet and a somewhat savory filling. A ricotta-filled Torta is a common Italian food that may be made as a layered Torta or simply as a pie with a small filling of ricotta. Small cheese Tortas are very common in Italy, often layered with other ingredients.
Italian Tortas are made in different sizes to be served as appetizers, single servings, and main dishes. Hard, soft and cream cheeses, dry sausages, meats, eggs, olives, sweet peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, vegetables, sauces such as pesto, herbs, garlic, and olive oil are all common ingredients for making Italian Tortas. Potato Tortas such as Italian Shepherd's Pie or mashed potato Tortas are typical types of Tortas made as main dishes.