"This is our riff on the old classic prosciutto and melon," says Ward. "Italians all scoff these little nibbles on skewers at the bar for aperitivi with great gusto. We use capocollo for our version - it's the neck of the pig, and is a little less fatty than prosciutto, but still has great depth of flavour. Ask the deli to slice it paper-thin for you. With the finely shaved melon, everything comes together in a sweet, salty and refreshing way that's bound to kick off your late-summer lunch like no other. Make sure you order more capocollo than you need for the recipe, too. It's just as good alone as it is with ricotta and melon."
Note Capocollo, or coppa di Parma, is available from select Italian grocers and delicatessens. If it's unavailable substitute prosciutto di Parma.