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Pizza Capricciosa

Blossom Lady
Jun 15, 2024 04:23 AM
Pizza Capricciosa

Topped with artichokes, ham, olives and mushrooms with a tomato pizza sauce, this is a pizza that’s almost uniquely Australian that we are VERY fond of! I just love this combination of toppings. Especially the artichokes!

This is a pizza that Australians expect to see on every pizza menu, no matter how traditional Italian or how big-chain the pizzeria in question is. Ironically though, as soon as I wrote that sentence, I popped onto the Pizza Hut website only to find that gasp, shock, horror Capricciosa is not on offer on their menu.

Dominos Pizza, however, does have it. Phew. Order has been restored in the world! (Though it’s only a recent menu addition, I believe.)

I was interested to learn that Pizza Capricciosa is apparently an Australian thing. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist in Italy. It does, it’s just not as common as, say, Margherita. And there’s no strict rules for what goes on it.

In fact, “capricciosa” means “random” in Italian so perhaps a pizzeria invented this using whatever they had on hand!

However, the combination of artichokes, mushrooms, olives and ham is the most common version that Australians have come to expect on Pizza Capricciosa. And that’s what I put on mine!


  • 1 Store bought pizza dough (30cm/12")

Pizza Sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp cooking salt / kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 garlic clove , finely minced (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp EACH dried parsley , basil and oregano (optional)

Capricciosa Topping
  • 1 1/3 cup (130 g) mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1/2 cup artichokes from a jar, preferably oil, drained & sliced
  • 3 button mushrooms , cut into 3 mm / 1/8" slices
  • 2/3 cup (70 g) shaved leg ham , torn into pieces (thinner is better)
  • 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives (or black olives)
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
20 minutes
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