Italian Appetizers

In Italy, a true appetizer course would be the antipasto, a series of hot and cold appetizers shared at the table. Try an antipasto appetizer course at your next party, or sample one or two recipes as part of any Italian meal.


Better Homes and Gardens

A variety of coatings makes these breadsticks an interesting side dish or appetizer bread. Coiled ends add flair.

Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls

Family Circle

Arancini, fried risotto balls, are a classic Italian delicacy. This version hides yummy sausage meat and fontina cheese inside the bite-sized appetizers.

Italian Pepperoni-Cheese Puffs

Better Homes and Gardens

Fragrant and airy, these puffs are perfect for appetizers or snacks.


Better Homes and Gardens

This Sicilian dish features sauteed eggplant, sweet pepper, onion, and celery spiked with vinegar and tomatoes. Serve on toasted Italian bread for a delicious snack or appetizer.

Stuffed Italian Meatballs

Midwest Living

Spiced Italian sausage encases melty mozzarella cheese for meatballs perfect for dipping in marinara sauce, stuffing into a calzone or topping spaghetti.

Roasted Vegetable Polenta Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

Vegetables roast to tender sweetness in less than 20 minutes. When piled onto a polenta crust, the roasted asparagus, mushrooms, and tomatoes are sprinkled with Parmesan cheese for a meatless main dish.

California Heirloom Insalata

Better Homes and Gardens

Bocconcini are small nuggets of fresh mozzarella packaged in whey or water. Use them for this salad, which can be a fresh side dish or appetizer.

Olive Breadsticks

Better Homes and Gardens

These easy breadsticks are made with a biscuitlike dough. For the finest flavor, use imported black olives.

Tortellini with Salami and Pesto

Better Homes and Gardens

This simple appetizer is so flavorful it's hard to believe there are just four ingredients.

Total: 15 mins

Garlic, Brie, and Pesto Mini-Pizzas

Better Homes and Gardens

For a quick appetizer, prepare these five-ingredient mini pizzas.

Here's Lookin at You

Better Homes and Gardens

Beef meatballs are the "eyeballs" for these Halloween appetizers.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Pepperoni Biscotti

Better Homes and Gardens

Pizza ingredients take over this Italian cookie to make a savory snack or a side dish for soup or spaghetti.

Snack on a Stick


How cute are these appetizer caprese salads? You can even eat the skewer!

Total: 15 mins

Pizza Margherita

Better Homes and Gardens

Onion-Sage Focaccia

Better Homes and Gardens

Flavorful foccacia bread is simple to make. Eliminate the onion and sage to make crispy breadsticks.

Gorgonzola-Walnut Cheese Mold

Better Homes and Gardens

A small bowl serves as a simple mold for this smooth combination of cheese and sour cream.

Stuffed Celery Bites

Better Homes and Gardens

For quick and easy preparation, spread the cream cheese mixture in the celery, then slice into bite-size chunks.

Total: 30 mins
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