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Quattro Stagioni Pizza – Four Seasons Pizza

August 10, 2017 by Emily

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Quattro stagioni pizza or four seasons pizza is one of the best Italian pizzas out there, with artichokes, mushrooms, olives and ham. This authentic Italian pizza is incredibly delicious and fun to make.

This quattro stagioni pizza is traditionally divided into four sections, each with their own toppings to represent four seasons. It’s a fun way to change up your pizza although you can mix up all the topping if you’re sharing with a few people so everyone gets a taste of everything.


How delicious does that pizza look?

Artichoke hearts, mushrooms, black olives and prosciutto cotto (ham) scattered over tomato sauce and mozzarella then baked to bubbling, crispy, pizza perfection. If you’re looking for some weekend dinner inspiration then I’ve got you covered.

You may know I’m partial to a slice of pizza or two (pfft who has only 2 slices?), it’s a tradition almost every Friday. Friday nights are made for pizza, don’t you think?


There’s nothing better after a long week of work than pouring yourself a large glass of red wine and stuffing your face with the best pizza ever aaaaand knowing you can have a long lie in the morning. I mean it really doesn’t get any better, right?

This quattro stagioni pizza is so much fun to make, for Friday pizza night preparations I always make the dough in the morning or early afternoon and let it rise all day. If you don’t have time for that or just decided you want this, like right now then don’t worry. My Instant No Rise No Yeast Pizza Dough is perfect for those pizza emergencies.


How to make quattro stagioni – four seasons pizza

First off you need the perfect pizza dough. Most recipes use 00 flour and I was using type 00 flour for so long until I was told by an Italian that the best flour to use for making pizzas is type 0.

Type 0 flour is a soft wheat flour, richer in gluten than type 00 it creates a more elastic and robust dough making it perfect for pizzas. Type 00 is a great alternative although will result in a softer dough.

If you can get you hands on type 0 always use it, if not the second option would be type 00 and if you’re unlucky enough to not find any of them then normal all purpose flour will have to do. It’s not the end of the world, you’ll still have great pizzas.

Follow my directions below to make the dough.

Quattro stagioni pizza toppings

Ok, now it’s time for the fun part, topping the pizza. Traditionally, artichokes, mushrooms, ham and olives are used to make this pizza but you can use whatever you want to represent the seasons. A lot of restaurants in Italy choose different toppings from sun dried tomatoes, anchovies, zucchini flowers, have some fun with it and represent the seasons your way.

The base is spread with tomato passata/pureed tomatoes then sprinkled with mozzarella before adding the toppings. Place the toppings in four sections of the pizza or alternatively mix them all up (my boyfriend always prefers it this way) that way everyone can enjoy a bite of everything.

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Quattro Stagioni Pizza - Four Seasons Pizza

Quattro stagioni pizza or four seasons pizza is one of the best Italian pizzas out there, with artichokes, mushrooms, olives and ham. This authentic Italian pizza is incredibly delicious and fun to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 676kcal
Author Emily Kemp


For the dough

  • 4 cups (1.1 lb/500g)  0' flour
  • 2 tsp (7g) fast action dried yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups (320ml)  lukewarm water
  • tbsp  olive oil
  • 1/2  tsp  sugar
  • 1 pinch salt 
  • Semolina flour for dusting

For the topping

  • 6 tbsp passata/pureed tomatoes
  • 8.8 oz (250g) mozzarella
  • 5.6 oz (160g) mushrooms ,finely sliced
  • 6.3 oz (180g) artichoke hearts ,jarred and cut in half
  • 2.4 (70g) pitted black olives ,cut in half
  • 4 large slices Italian ham


  • Add the yeast to the lukewarm water with 1/2 tsp sugar for 5 minutes. Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the water/yeast mixture whilst mixing the dough together with a spoon until you have obtained a dough. If it's too sticky you can gradually add a little more flour.
  • Dust a clean work surface with a little flour and knead the dough for around 5-10 minutes until it's silky smooth and soft. If you lightly press your finger on the ball of dough it should spring back up easily. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large clean bowl and rub all over until the bowl is coated. Shape the dough into a ball and place in the bowl, rub the top of the dough with a tiny amount of olive oil. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for at least 3 hours until doubled in size.
  • When you are ready to make the pizzas place your pizza trays in the oven and preheat the oven to 220°C/425F/gas mark 7.
  • Divide your dough in half roughly with your hands and place on a lightly floured work surface. Press lightly in the dough to shape it into a rough circle or rectangle then using a rolling pin dusted with flour roll the dough out to fit your tray. The dough should be rolled out as thin as possible without tearing.
  • Remove the pizza tray from the oven and dust lightly with semolina flour. Transfer your dough to the tray and spread with 3 tbsp of passata, you don’t want to much or your pizza will go soggy. Tear up half the mozzarella with your hands and dot it over the base.
  • Finally, add your toppings over four sections of the pizza. Repeat with the second pizza and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the crust is crispy.


This recipe used 2 13x15 inch trays. (33x28cm)
Serve 4-6 people


Calories: 676kcal
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  • Reply
    Caroline @ Pinch Me, I'm Eating!
    August 26, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Emily, I am going to Italy in October and a friend of mine was just telling me about four seasons pizza, so it’s so cool to see it here! And yes, Friday nights ARE made for pizza. I’d love any Italy recommendations you have, too! We’ll be in Rome, Florence, and Venice!5 stars

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      Inside the rustic kitchen
      August 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Hey Caroline, thanks so much. October is a lovely time to visit because it’s a bit quieter in the cities. I’ve only been to Rome for a day, there’s so much to see and do you’ll love it. Venice is like a fairytale as soon as you arrive at the train station (crazy expensive though) I was there for a weekend last year and we ate in 2 fantastic restaurants, Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti and Ristorante Al Covo they are both incredible but quite pricey I was there for my birthday so we splashed out a little. In Florence there is a rustic little place that you have to go to, you’ll experience authentic Florentine dishes that are insanely delicious! It’s called Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori it’s very small and rustic and I definitely recommend booking first. I hope you have a great time!

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    Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
    August 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Always such a fan of pizza! This looks delicious!5 stars

  • Reply
    August 18, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I agree, who only has 2 slices of pizza?! And with a pie like that, I would need to make two separate ones in order for my husband to eat!5 stars

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    Betty Davies | Slow The Cook Down
    August 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    This looks so good! Must give it a go. Love the photos too!5 stars

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    Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    August 12, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    This pizza is so gorgeous and I love your crust!5 stars

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    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    August 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Yummy. This pizza looks fabulous! I love the sections! Hubby and I have different pizza tastes and this fixes that issue! I’ll be making this soon.5 stars

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    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    August 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    We eat first with our eyes: this pizza is EXQUISITE. I love the idea of dividing it into four sections with ingredients to represent the seasons! And yes, the large glass of red wine (or two) is MANDATORY to accompany the liberal face-stuffing this pizza will induce. Well done!5 stars

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    Simon Vanbecelaere
    August 11, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Isn’t every night made for pizza? :’) Lovely pizza though! Quattro stagioni is one of my favorite pizza’s! But I don’t like to share it :p5 stars

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    Monica Lensink
    August 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Friday nights are pizza nights in my house, too, and four seasons is one of my personal favorites! I gladly hoard all the slices with artichokes, please and thank you! 🙂5 stars

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    August 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Such a fun and stunning pizza! I love all the contrast from the different sections. So beautiful! I will have to search out type 0 flour.

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    Amy|The Cook Report
    August 11, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Amazing, pizza is one of my all time favourite foods, this looks so good!5 stars

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    August 11, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Fantastic recipe, I love pizza and I wouldn’t eat 2 slices. In Italy we eat the entire pizza, and I wouldn’t share this one.5 stars

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