Eggplant, Cheese & Pancetta Calzones

Mario's Double Daughter's Salotto · DenverMario's Double Daughter's is known for pizzas and calzones like this one, which combines tender roasted eggplant, salty pancetta and two types of cheese. One of their less traditional calzones includes roast leg of lamb, feta, mint and golden raisins. Great Italian Recipes



  • 1/2 medium eggplant (3/4 pound)

  • One 2-ounce piece of pancetta, diced

  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion

  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

  • 3/4 cup canned whole tomatoes, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon minced basil

  • 1 teaspoon minced oregano

  • Pinch of crushed red pepper

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Two 10-ounce balls of fresh or thawed frozen pizza dough, halved

  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese

  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. On a baking sheet, roast the eggplant for about 30 minutes, until tender. Discard the skin; coarsely chop the flesh.

  2. In a skillet, cook the pancetta over moderate heat until crisp, 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Cook the onion, garlic and eggplant in the skillet over moderate heat until the onion is tender, 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, herbs and red pepper; cook over moderately high heat until thickened, 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; let cool slightly.

  3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough halves to 6-inch rounds. Spread the filling over, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with the pancetta, ricotta and mozzarella. Fold the dough over; crimp the edges to seal. Bake on a baking sheet for 25 minutes, until golden. Let cool slightly; serve.

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