A prosciutto and figs appetizer for an Italian dinner party.

open fig with ham and chives on a glass plate

Actually, there is no recipe for the traditional prosciutto and figs appetizer: it is just the two ingredients served and savored together, on lazy Summer days, here in Italy.

In Rome, we add pizza bianca, white pizza: we put prosciutto and figs (sliced or simply cut in two) on top of a greasy and crispy slice, or open it in two and stuff it.


I do, anyway, have a recipe for you: “prosciutto e fichi” with prosciutto cotto, ham, chives, and parmesan flakes. It’s a gourmet Italian appetizer!

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Italian appetizers: ham and figs

fresh figs the Italian way

Course authentic Italian recipes
Cuisine Italian
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 135 kcal
Author Claudia Rinaldi | Gourmet Project


  • 1 fig
  • 1 slice ham or parma ham prosciutto cotto or crudo
  • 2-3 sprigs chives optional
  • Red salt
  • olive oil
  • parmesan or pecorino flakes optional


  1. Finely chop chives.
  2. Roll the ham slice. Slice the fig in 4, open it and place the rolled ham in the middle.
  3. Season with chives (and cheese flakes), a few drops of olive oil and red salt to taste.

Enjoy your Italian appetizer!