This is a beautiful antipasti from “The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles's Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria,” by Nancy Silverton with Matt Molina and Carolynn Carreno (Knopf, 2011, $35). Well, my photo isn’t so beautiful (I was overwhelmed and in a rush), but the taste is.
It’s an aperitif idea you need to know about if you have a prolific fig tree in the neighborhood. Besides figs, you’ll need some good aceto balsamico — the thick aged stuff from Modena that pours like motor oil. Also, pancetta cut as thinly as possible on a slicing machine.
After that, it’s a cinch. Basically, halve the figs. Wrap each half in pancetta and then grill, turning, until the pancetta is crisp.
Actually, I didn’t feel like starting the charcoal just for the figs, so I fired up a heavy cast iron skillet and sauteed the pancetta-wrapped figs over a moderately high flame.