Capricciosa Pizza

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Capricciosa Pizza
Capricciosa Pizza

Capricciosa pizza…if you live in the States, you may have never heard of it. The name capricciosa means capricious in Italian or given to sudden whims or mood changes.

In other words, the pizza’s ingredients are left to the whim of the chef…or whatever they have on hand.

Most recipes for Capricciosa Pizza you’ll find on the internet include a fairly similar list of ingredients, though. And, you’ll find this pizza pie familiar in that it resembles what we in the States call Supreme or The Works or The Special, etc.

So, if you don’t like a few of the ingredients I used on my Capricciosa Pizza, change it up. Play to your mood.

If you’re stopping by here while searching for recipes, you may not know that the recipes here are all inspired by books! This particular recipe was created after reading Anxious People.

This book is another hit by Fredrik Backman, the author who wrote A Man Called Ove. If you haven’t read either, I highly recommend both. Anxious People was one of my favorite reads of the year.

If you love reading, check out more about this great book HERE!

This recipe for Capricciosa Pizza starts with marinara and mozzarella. The toppings include olives, artichokes, Italian ham, and mushrooms. If you can’t find “Italian” ham, any nice sliced or shaved ham will work.

The flavors combine to create a warm and comforting dish that’s absolutely delectable.

Capricciosa Pizza
Capricciosa Pizza

Here’s what you’ll need to make Capricciosa Pizza:

A quick list of equipment –

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Tips for the Capricciosa Pizza:

When looking for a good pizza sauce that’s premade, try to find one that uses San Marzano or plum tomatoes. The taste will be brighter and closer to what you get from a pizzeria.

While some pizza sauces that advertise San Marzano on the front of the bottle can be expensive, there are many cost efficient options that taste great. You may have to read the ingredients of the sauce to check what type of tomatoes are used.

To save time you can definitely buy a premade pizza crust from the grocery store. But, if you are feeling a little crafty or you love to make your own dough, check out this fantastic pizza crust recipe from Jen at Carlsbad Cravings.

I have used it several times myself and it is really good! I won’t rehash her super detailed post here, so if you want to make your own crust just hop over there and check it out!

Capricciosa Pizza
Capricciosa Pizza
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Capricciosa Pizza

A delicious pizza loaded with ham, artichokes, olives and mushrooms that your book club will love! If you're looking for food suggestions for Anxious People, look no further!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 281 kcal


  • Pizza pan


  • 1 premade or homemade pizza crust
  • 1 small jar of marinara pizza sauce
  • 4 oz mushrooms sliced
  • 4 oz olives
  • 4 oz artichoke hearts chopped*
  • 3 oz Italian ham
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese grated


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place your pizza crust on a pizza stone or pan.
  • Spread the marinara evenly across the crust then sprinkle with ¾ of the cheese.
  • Evenly distribute the sliced mushrooms, olives, chopped artichoke hearts, and prosciutto/ham across the pizza.
  • Top with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is cooked and the cheese has melted and slightly browned.
  • Remove and slice into 8 pieces. Serve immediately.


*I used marinated artichoke hearts. 
Keyword Anxious People recipe, capricciosa pizza, main course

Don’t forget to check out the book that inspired this recipe, Anxious People! And, let me know what you think of this delicious Capricciosa Pizza!

Until next time, Happy Eating and Reading!

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