Rustic Pizza with Baby Arugula, Pancetta and Tomatoes


Russ Faulk, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet

Servings: 4
Course: Appetizers

Rustic Pizza with Baby Arugula, Pancetta and Tomatoes

This pizza is colorful and delicious. Grape tomatoes lend a sweet flavor to compliment the salty pancetta, or you can use a variety of heirloom cherry tomatoes for a more colorful presentation. The pizza in the photo below uses a combination of small tomatoes, including Green Zebra, Black Cherry, Sun Gold, Yellow Pear and Grape.


Prepare the pizza oven or grill for baking pizza at 500°F (see our guide for perfect pizza on the grill).Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the dough. Add the arugula, then the tomatoes, and then sprinkle the pancetta over the top.

Transfer to the preheated pizza stone and bake for about 10 minutes until the crust is crisp and the cheese is browning.


  • 1/2 batch White Wine Pizza Dough, about 14 ounces
  • 2 ounces pancetta, chopped and cooked until crisp
  • 1 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula leaves
  • About 1 cup halved sweet grape tomatoes

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