A Year in a Bite: The Quattro Stagioni Pizza Experience

Embark on a flavorful journey through the seasons with the Quattro Stagioni Pizza, an artful quartet of distinct taste territories. 

This culinary masterpiece presents a delectable mosaic of toppings, each quadrant representing the essence of spring, summer, fall, and winter. 

Savor the tender artichoke hearts of spring, the sun-kissed burst of summer olives, the rich, earthy mushrooms of autumn, and the comforting smoky ham of winter, all nestled atop a gloriously golden and airy crust. 

As the seasons converge in harmony, each bite offers a new discovery, with the melting mozzarella acting as a creamy canvas binding these diverse flavors into a cohesive, indulgent experience.

Quattro Stagioni Pizza, A top-down view of the pizza, showing the four distinct topping sections with vibrant colors and textures, on a rustic wooden table background.

Preparation and Cooking Time

  •  Preparation Time: 90 minutes (including dough rising) 
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes 
  • Total Time: 100 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings 
  • Serving Size: 2 slices from a 12-inch pizza

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories per serving: Approximately 350 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Proteins: 15g
  • Fats: 16g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 780mg


  • 500g bread flour
  • 320ml lukewarm water
  • 7g instant yeast
  • 10g sea salt
  • 5g granulated sugar
  • 30ml olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 200g tomato sauce, seasoned to taste
  • 250g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 50g artichoke hearts, quartered
  • 50g black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 50g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 50g prosciutto cotto, thinly sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Start by preparing the dough: dissolve sugar in water, sprinkle yeast on top, and let stand until frothy (about 10 minutes).
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center, add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Knead for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Preheat your oven to 250°C, with a pizza stone or inverted baking tray inside.
  5. Divide the dough into four balls, then roll out one into a 12-inch base.
  6. Spread tomato sauce on the dough, leaving the edges clear. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  7. Divide the pizza top into four quadrants. Place artichokes in one, olives in the second, mushrooms in the third, and ham in the fourth.
  8. Slide the pizza onto the hot stone or tray and bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is puffed and toppings are cooked.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • Allow the dough to ferment slowly in the refrigerator for a more complex flavor.
  • Slice the toppings thinly to ensure they cook evenly.
  • For a crispy crust, use a pizza stone and preheat it well before baking.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Q: Can I use store-bought pizza dough? A: Yes, though homemade dough will yield a better flavor and texture.
  • Q: How can I make this pizza vegetarian? A: Omit the ham and add extra vegetables, such as bell peppers or zucchini.