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Pizza con Prosciutto e Fichi


I definitely throw the word “favorite” around a lot when I talk about food. Last week , I declared köfte, burrata, and pizza as my abosulte favorites, each on separate occasions. And I meant it every time. Those foods are all incredible and I routinely dream about them, but then I returned to Rome after several months in giro and realized it is September, the only month when my real favorite food, pizza con prosciutto e fichi, is in season. How could I forget? Food coma, most likely. The tiny, sweet September figs, called settembrini, are peeled and smashed in a pizza bianca and prosciutto sandwich, creating an incomparable sweet and savory gastronomic masterpiece. The best place in Rome for this delicacy is Forno Campo de’ Fiori, where hot pizza bianca slightly melts the prosciutto fat that, in turn, mixes with the sugary fig pulp. A better combination of flavors and textures is inconceivable.

2016-01-07T14:37:52+00:00 September 7th, 2009|Categories: Gastronomic Traditions, Pork|16 Comments


  1. Lola September 7, 2009 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    This is funny, we keep posting the same topics…

    I blogged about pizza, prosciutto e fichi ranking pretty high in my favorite food category, and how the Forno at Campo de’ Fiori is my pusher.

    Pizza bianca to powder my nose

    Welcome back!

  2. Katie September 7, 2009 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks! Yeah I’m afraid we are not too original. Forno is everyone’s favorite because it is above and beyond the best on the planet. Haven’t found a close rival yet.

  3. Carol Malzone September 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm - Reply


    I’m sitting here in Florida thinking about exactly what you wrote. May the settembrini linger until I return.

  4. Peter @ italyMONDO! September 8, 2009 at 12:12 am - Reply

    Oh my God… I never even heard of these before – and now you post has me dying to get one when I head to Rome Friday!!! The Prosciutto fat sentence is the one that hooked me. MMMmmmm…. 🙂

    • Katie September 8, 2009 at 12:19 am - Reply

      yeah its pretty spectacular. the settembrini are the late harvest figs and the best for the prosciutto and pizza bianca combo. you start seeing prosciutto and figs served together as antipasti in june but they are the bigger, less sweet, first harvest fioroni. no comparison.

  5. JP September 8, 2009 at 3:40 am - Reply

    And I thought we invented this spectacular delight right in your kitchen in Roma (LOL!). This is so crazy…I just had friends over for dinner and served local Jersey figs (pretty good but no comparison) and was describing this “masterpiece” to them when I pulled up this post! We are such a foodie family! If only I could find pizza bianca in Princeton…

  6. ciaochowlinda September 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Just read JP’s comment and smiled that we both live in Princeton. LOVE the pizza from Forno in Campo dei fiori, but never saw the fig and prosciutto version. must go back and try it.

  7. Inni September 8, 2009 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Ciao Katie and greetings from Finland. I spent a wonderful spring month studying Italian in Rome in May. Unfortunately it was not fig season then, I wish I could be in Rome now – this sounded SO delicious.

    Thank you for this excellent blog, I have been reading this for some months and like it a lot.

  8. Katie September 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    @JP haha yeah i probably claimed responsibility for the recipe. definitely not the inventor, but possibly the most avid consumer:)

    @ciaochowlinda JP is Mamma Parla. 08540 represent! Figs and prosciutto are only avalilable at Forno in late Aug/early Sept. It is a fiercely seasonal dish.

  9. Katie September 8, 2009 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Inni! You’ve got to come back and try it for yourself. But in the meantime, I’ll eats some for you. Off to Forno before a tour of the Field of Mars!

  10. Mick P September 9, 2009 at 11:30 am - Reply

    The other evening we went to the open-air cinema at Piazza Vittorio and, of course, I took along a snack. At home we happened to have some fresh pizza bianca and also some delicious settembrini, but we didn’t have prosciutto. However, we did have a couple of slices of good mortadella, so in they went instead.

    Now, I thoroughly enjoyed this combination (though it lacked the subtlety of using prosciutto), yet our Roman friends at the cinema were horrified, I don’t think they could have been more revolted had I spread cat food on the pizza. One thing I’ve noticed about many (certainly not all) Romans is that they know what they like and readily scorn the unfamiliar. But then hey, I suppose they don’t need to experiment, given what they have readily to hand.

  11. Katie September 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    That is hilarious. I can just imagine the looks on their faces. I’ve seen it before, that horrified reaction to an act of gastronomic blasphemy: ordering saltimboca after risotto alla pescatora, putting parmigiano on spaghetti alle vongole. There are strict culinary rules here and when they are broken, Romans will let you know it! Thanks for the comment, Mick. The cat food bit cracked me up!

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