Actually, there is no recipe for the traditional Italian Prosciutto e Fichi, prosciutto and figs appetizer: it is just the two ingredients served and savored together, on lazy, too-hot-to-cook Summer days.

In Rome, we add pizza bianca, white pizza by the slice: 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.

pizza prosciutto e fichi from Rome

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


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Ham and figs appetizer

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
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • parmesan or pecorino flakes optional


  1. Finely chop the chives.

  2. Roll each ham slice.

  3. Slice each fig into four without separating the edges, open it, and place the rolled ham in the middle.

  4. Season with the chives (and the optional cheese flakes), a few drops of olive oil, and a pinch of salt.

Enjoy your Italian appetizer!