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Authentic Capricciosa Pizza

Experience the flavors of Italy with this Authentic Capricciosa Pizza recipe. This classic Italian pizza is a true masterpiece, featuring a harmonious blend of ingredients like savory ham, earthy mushrooms, briny artichokes, and the timeless duo of mozzarella and tomato sauce. Transport yourself to the streets of Naples with every delicious bite.
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Capricciosa Pizza is a traditional Italian pizza that celebrates the rich and diverse flavors of the Mediterranean. Its name, "capricciosa," means "capricious" in Italian, and it certainly lives up to its name with its variety of toppings. This pizza is a delightful combination of textures and tastes, making it a favorite among pizza connoisseurs.


1 pound pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices of cooked ham, torn into pieces
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained and halved
1/4 cup pitted black olives, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pinch of salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Optional: fresh basil leaves for garnish
8 Servings

Prep Time:

1 Hrs Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Preheat your oven to the temperature specified on your pizza dough packaging (usually around 450°F or 230°C).


On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone, baking sheet, or pizza pan.


Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil, ensuring an even coating.


Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.


Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.


Distribute the torn pieces of cooked ham evenly over the cheese.


Add the sliced mushrooms, marinated artichoke hearts, and sliced black olives to the pizza.


Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the toppings.


Combine dried oregano, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle this seasoning mixture over the cheese.


Place the pizza in the preheated oven and bake according to the dough package instructions or until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Once cooked, carefully remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a minute before slicing.


Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired, slice into 8 wedges, and serve hot.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra burst of freshness and flavor, drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil over the pizza just before serving. This enhances the overall Mediterranean experience of your Capricciosa pizza.

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