This open faced sandwich is a simple breakfast toast with the flavors of Italy! So easy to prepare, and every bit as satisfying!

Italian Breakfast sandwich with eggs and Prosciutto

It's been a while since we posted a breakfast recipe here on The Mediterranean Dish.  And I don't know if we can qualify this sandwich as a "recipe." It's more of a collection of my favorite things layered on a piece of hearty Italian bread. And certainly not a boring breakfast!

Breakfast Open Faced Sandwich garnished with salt, pepper, and radish slices

This open faced sandwich, or breakfast toast, takes inspiration from Italy. We're talking: Ricotta cheese whipped with olive oil. Fresh tomato, radish, and basil. Quality Prosciutto, or your favorite Italian cured meat. Roasted red peppers.

To complete our breakfast, I added perfectly poached eggs and a garnish of crushed pistachios.

Poached eggs on top of Italian sandwiches

Where the draw lies here is in the simplicity and versatility of this open faced sandwich. You can certainly incorporate other garden vegetables or herbs you might already have on hand. Use a different cheese. Or switch up the meat. The possibilities are endless; and this open faced sandwich serves just as an idea to help you devise your own. Enjoy!

Check out the recipe below!

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Breakfast Open Faced Sandwich, Italian Style | The Mediterranean Dish. A simple breakfast toast with the flavors of Italy, topped with poached eggs. Brunch just got easier! See the quick recipe on

Breakfast Open Faced Sandwich, Italian-Style


This open faced sandwich is a simple breakfast toast with the flavors of Italy! So easy to prepare, and every bit as satisfying!


  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano, more for later
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices hearty Italian bread, toasted
  • 4-8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 Roma tomato, sliced
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp roasted red pepper in oil, drained
  • 4 Prosciutto slices (or your favorite Italian cured meat)
  • 4 poached eggs
  • 1 tbsp crushed shelled pistachios


  1. Place the ricotta cheese in a small mixing bowl. Add the olive oil, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Whip with a fork.
  2. Spread the whipped ricotta cheese on the toasted Italian bread. Top with the remaining ingredients in the order listed (the poached eggs and a garnish of shelled pistachios are added at the very end). Enjoy!


  • Poached eggs are a great choice for this open faced sandwich recipe. Here is a video on how to poach an egg
  • You can also prepare your eggs sunny side up, if you prefer.
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
  • Visit our store to browse our spices, olive oils and bundles!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Breakfast Sandwich, Open Faced Sandwich, Italian Breakfast, Italian Sandwich

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Breakfast Open Faced Sandwich, Italian Style | The Mediterranean Dish. A simple breakfast toast with the flavors of Italy, topped with poached eggs. Brunch just got easier! See the quick recipe on

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  1. quick and delicious! I've got stuff at work prepped so all I have to do is toast the bread and cook the egg. For the egg, I just "fried" it on a non-stick griddle, no oil. cooked very quickly and still had my runny yolk.

  2. Wow I can't wait to make all those recipe , I would like to start eating healthy . And they look very delicious and I want to lose about 50 lbs . I feel very happy to get it for free I brought the mediterranean diet book before but the writing was so small that it didn't interest me so thank you for giving the recipes and making it legible for me to see ,seeing the food and the recipes is helping me to see how to actually make it I'm so very thankful . I need some help in following a diet or a new way to eat to lose weight if there's any help you can give me please put it on my email address I am so very thankful to you and for your help , God bless you.

    1. Hi Maureen! Thank you for your kind comment! I am so glad you are here and that you are finding some recipes to try. I am not qualified to give weight-loss advice, but I'm glad to offer what I know to help you on your journey. The Mediterranean diet is certainly simple and effective. Here are a couple of articles you may like to read
      5 Basics of The Mediterranean Lifestyle:
      7 Ways to Follow The Mediterranean Diet:

  3. I love this recipe because all the ingredients are healthy and it is easy to make if you are in hurry. I tried it this morning and really can't stop myself from eating more and more sandwiches. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Holy yum!! That looks absolutely divine! Is it wrong that it's almost midnight, and I am half tempted to make it now?! haha

  5. Your open face sandwiches look and sound soooo delicious! I wouldn't change a thing. They are perfect the way they are! 🙂

  6. It looks so delicious, but won't it get all over your face and lap with the toast being so chewy and the egg so lovely and runny??
    I like the idea of how versatile this would be, too.

    1. Hi I make sure to toast the bread so it's sturdy enough to carry everything. You can always use a fork and knife it you'd rather;)

  7. Oh my goodness Suzi...this is so grandchildren want to try it...but...they said "Grandma please make my egg with no runny yellow stuff" ! They are so funny...I know these will be just as delicious with and egg cook well done. Thank you for this recipe.

    1. Awesome! My girls are fussy about eggs too. One likes her eggs runny, and the other does not! Enjoy

  8. Hi, Suzy! Love the idea of breakfast sandwiches. I should do that once in a while. Just a note, I learned to make my own ricotta cheese. It's super easy and has a great, smooth texture. Sweetened with a little honey or maple syrup (the real stuff), it's great along side my peach/cherry compote and with savory herbs it lands in my egg scrambles. You should give it a try.

    1. Hey, Bob! Thanks for stopping in and checking this sandwich out! I'll bet your homemade ricotta is excellent! I'd love the recipe to try sometime. Hope all is well with you all!