Piero Selvaggio, owner of Valentino restaurant in Santa Monica, dishes up delicious prosciutto, Italian ham. Right now Piero is in Napa at the Culinary Institute of America's 11th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference talking about Sicilian food.
Valentino Santa Monica
3115 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Prosciutto, Figs, and Ricotta Salata
Recipe courtesy of Viana La Place & Evan Kleiman's Cucina Fresca.
12 fresh ripe figs, cut in half lengthwise
1 lb ricotta salata or feta cheese (see note) cut into 3/4" dice
12 slices prosciutto
Fresh mint sprigs
Arrange the figs, ricotta salata, and prosciutto on a platter. Garnish with the mint sprigs. Pass a pepper mill.
NOTE: Ricotta salata is a firm, salted cheese made from sheep's milk, similar in texture to feta. It's available in most Italian specialty food shops.
Music break: Borne Free by Les Baxter