almost Bottega worthy. [artichoke, prosciutto, mozzarella & ricotta whole wheat pizza]

June 30th, 2011 by | comments

My roommate and I had an urge to make pizza the other night (note why most of my photos are night shots–sorry). We were inspired by our new favorite pizza from Bottega Louie in Downtown LA–the Burrata pizza topped with burrata, Grana parmesan, rapini and Prosciutto di parma.

Though our pizza wasn’t to the standard of Bottega Louie, it was pretty dang close. The salty and somewhat crisp prosciutto was delicious with the creamy ricotta.

I included a few photos below of my roommate and I rolling out the dough, as I thought they were somewhat comical. We’re still pretty newly moved into our apartment, so we’re missing a few kitchen items (a rolling-pin in particular).

My method of simply using my hands wasn’t working well, so my roommate grabbed a bottle of champagne to roll out the dough. Initially, I doubted her idea, but surprisingly, the bottle did wonders! No, our pizza wasn’t perfectly circular, but it still tasted wonderful. :)


Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough

1 (14 oz.) can Trader Joe’s artichoke hearts

1 package high-quality deli sliced Prosciutto

10-12 tbsp. fresh ricotta cheese, dispersed throughout pizza

1 container fresh mozzarella, sliced

Arugula, use as desired

1/4 cup organic olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out dough on floured surface until reach desired size thickness.

In a small skillet, heat olive oil, then add minced garlic. Once garlic is browned, remove from heat and generously brush garlic oil over rolled out dough. Brush oil on edges (crust) as well.

Top pizza with mozzarella, arugula, artichoke hearts, prosciutto then ricotta. Cook pizza for about 20 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubbling.

Remove pizza from oven then top with fresh arugula. Slice and serve.

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  • spicegirlfla

    I will certainly never forget your tip on rolling out pizza dough with a champagne bottle! I actually like the rustic look of your pizza; mine are rarely round either. And, I love these toppings! I do the same as you; enjoy a great pizza or dish out somewhere and can’t wait to duplicate it at home!

    • Caroline

      Right? Surprisingly, it worked very well! I figure the mis-shapen pizza gives it some character. :)

  • Three-Cookies

    I’ve used wine and beer bottles, its great to use bottles. You have champagne and wine but no rolling pin – priorities are definitely correct:)

    • Caroline

      Haha! I couldn’t agree more. We’ve always got that aspect covered. We’ll work on getting the necessary kitchen tools another time. ;)

  • Amy

    Mmm, what a delicious combo. I LOVE burrata cheese but I can’t ever find it! Mozzarella is a nice sub though. I never think to use artichokes on things…what a perfect late-night snack :)

    • Caroline

      I love burrata cheese as well, but rarely cook with it for some reason. We went with ricotta this time because we were feeling a bit cheap (haha), but it was still very delicious!

  • Cait’s Plate

    Ahaha love the champagne bottle rolling pin – genius ;)

    These pizzas look awesome. I’ve never tried the TJ’s whole wheat dough before I don’t think. I need to get on that.

    Seeing this post makes me so excited that I decided to have pizza tonight!

    • Caroline

      I give all credit to my roommate, I didn’t have my thinking cap on. You should definitely try their whole wheat dough soon, it’s awesome. I’m so glad it inspired you to eat pizza! Can’t ever go wrong with a large slice, well, or whole pizza. :)

  • gillian

    love the pics on this one :)

    and that pizza looks incredible – i am SUCH a sucker for arugula!

    • Caroline

      Thanks Gillian! The arugula definitely topped it off, soo yummy.

  • Javi&Palace

    If I were in an urge like you, I’d call the Pizza’s restaurant lol!!
    But you are more creative than me so you decided to cook your own pizza! Well done…may I have a bit? :P

    For what I see in the pictures, your pizza was worthy of “La meliore Pizza d’Italia , ragazza!

    See you

    • Caroline

      If only the restaurant delivered! Now that would be ideal, but maybe a bad thing, as I’m sure I’d be tempted to order from there all of the time. That would be a bit of a strain on my wallet haha. I’m glad you approve though, thank you!

  • The Hook

    Now that’s what I call inventive cooking – you’ve reworked an old classic!

    • Caroline

      Why thanks mr. hook! It was definitely a tasty creation. We were on cloud 9 with the pizza and a nice glass of vino. :)

  • Mary

    This looks like the perfect pizza – delicious – I could eat that for lunch and dinner! Bottles are great for rolling – great excuse to buy more wine!
    Mary x

    • Caroline

      I did just that, Mary! (ate it for lunch and dinner). That’s what my excuse will be from now on if I buy multiple bottles of wine at the store–it’s for the benefit of my cooking. :)

  • ChefMom

    This looks so delicious! What a flavor combo too! I like the photos – you guys look like you’re having so much fun. I miss my old roomies! Not that I don’t love living with hubby and the kids, but there’s something about that time living with friends that’s just so special! Enjoy it!

    • Caroline

      Aw, thanks Kristy! The flavor combo turned out perfect. It’s definitely a great time having a roommate. I actually lived with my current roommate all through college, so we know each other really well and are super compatible living wise. I’m very much enjoying it right now! :-D

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    • Caroline

      Thanks Greg!!

  • Maris (In Good Taste)

    I think you came up with a winning recipe!

    • Caroline

      Thanks, Maris! I’d say it was pretty high up there on my list of favorites.

  • Charles

    Haha – can imagine that bottle would have been fairly shaken up after the rolling – hope you weren’t planning on drinking it right away :D

    Rocket on pizza is awesome and artichoke – yummy… did I miss something though… no tomato sauce? :o

    • Caroline

      Thankfully, we stuck to wine that night! Otherwise, I agree, the bubbly might have been a bit toooo bubbly. ;) I know, we went the somewhat healthier route, leaving out the tomato sauce. I’m actually not a huge fan of the sauce in general, I prefer simpler bases, but the garlic is essential!

  • Tanvi

    I love the rustic look of this pizza..rolling with champagne bottle sounds o much fun.The flavor combos are amazing- looks fresh and delish!

    • Caroline

      It really was a blast, we have a ton of fun cooking together. Thanks so much, Tanvi!!

  • Lisa {smartfoodandfit}

    I’ll use whatever i have on hand to roll out pizza dough. My husband thinks I’m strange when I do it, especially since we have a rolling pin! I love proscuitto, this looks delicious!

    • Caroline

      Haha! You’re too funny. But hey, I figure if it does the job, why not just use it? Prosciutto is one of my favorite meats too. I went to a restaurant a while ago where they had an appetizer where you could select three cheeses and three meats–the prosciutto we got (might have been from Italy?), was some of the silkiest and tastiest I’ve ever eaten!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie

    This sounds like a gorgeously tasty and wholesome meal!

    • Caroline

      Wholesome indeed! Thanks so much, Maria. :)

  • sheila @ Elements

    What a yummy pizza! My husband and I would love this! Using the champagne bottle to roll out the dough was a great idea!! :)

    • Caroline

      We were very much in heaven while eating the pizza straight out of the oven. The champagne bottle saved us that night. Thankfully I had plenty of bottles on hand after being gifted them for my birthday!

  • kitchenbelleicious

    artichoke, prosciutto and ricotta! On my! This has to be the most delicious pizza I have ever seen in my life! Absolutely hands down perfection!

    • Caroline

      It was quite the delectable combo, I’ll have to agree! Like I said though, tough to compete with the restaurant’s take on the pizza, but it was pretty dang close!

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes

    That’s a great looking pizza! Using the champagne bottle to roll out the dough was a cool idea!!

    • Caroline

      Thanks so much Angie! We had to be inventive that night, thats for sure. :)

  • thefooddoctor

    Your toppings are the colors and flavors but what I love most is the rolling pin :)

    • Caroline

      Don’t you love the “rolling pin”? ;) I figure if that seems to work, why even invest in an actual rolling pin? Ha!

  • sensiblecooking

    I am just impressed at how you made the dough from scratch and that also using wine bottle. No wonder pizza looks great.

    • Caroline

      Thank you so much! We were very happy with our creation.

  • thedrivencook

    Homemade pizza dough is surprisingly easy! But this looks great!

    • Caroline

      I’ve yet to try it because Trader Joe’s dough is so yummy and makes the process so easy, but I’m definitely going to get around to it soon!!

  • Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

    My kind of pizza… this looks fabulous!!

    • Caroline

      Thanks Lisa!!

  • rsmacaalay

    Love the way how rustic this was done, specially that improvised rolling pin. Great recipe as well!

    • Caroline

      I agree, I love the rustic aspect as well. Thanks so much!

  • Holly

    Oo Caroline these pizzas look awesome. I usually go for the hand and stretch technique as I love to make them really thin and odd shaped!
    Great post, great flavours. I am a pizza fanatic!

    • Caroline

      I do love to do that too–makes the pizza unique! Thanks so much! I’m definitely in the pizza fan club as well. Life-long member. ;)

  • Kay aka Babygirl

    This pizza looks absolutely decadent and sinful to eat. I’m always afraid to make a homemade pizza, but with your recipe and amazing countless others, I think I will give it a try. Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July weekend :)

    • Caroline

      You’re too sweet! It was pretty dang yummy though, so I’m sure I’ll be making it again soon. Hope you have a great 4th tomorrow as well!!

  • Ashley@bakerbynature

    A- This pizza looks amazing; great flavors going on!

    b- I totally have the same shorts as your roomie, I love those for lounging or running, when I actually get my butt to the gym.

    • Caroline

      Thanks so much, Ashley! Haha, that’s too funny. She had just gotten back from a run actually. I’m the same way–if only I could get my butt to the gym more often…and didn’t love food so much!

  • Kelly

    This looks so delicious (prosciutto is hard to beat on pizza!) and the arugula… yum! You and your roommate look like you’re having a great time – fun!

    • Caroline

      We had a great time making the pizza. I love cooking that fun and involved. Thanks Kelly!

  • Erwan Heussaff

    these are the type of toppings that haunt me and keep me up at night!

    • Caroline

      Right!? They haunt me as well–some of my favorites. :)

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