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.
A variety of coatings makes these breadsticks an interesting side dish or appetizer bread. Coiled ends add flair.
Arancini, fried risotto balls, are a classic Italian delicacy. This version hides yummy sausage meat and fontina cheese inside the bite-sized appetizers.
Fragrant and airy, these puffs are perfect for appetizers or snacks.
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.
Spiced Italian sausage encases melty mozzarella cheese for meatballs perfect for dipping in marinara sauce, stuffing into a calzone or topping spaghetti.
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.
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.
These easy breadsticks are made with a biscuitlike dough. For the finest flavor, use imported black olives.
This simple appetizer is so flavorful it's hard to believe there are just four ingredients.
For a quick appetizer, prepare these five-ingredient mini pizzas.
Beef meatballs are the "eyeballs" for these Halloween appetizers.
Pizza ingredients take over this Italian cookie to make a savory snack or a side dish for soup or spaghetti.
How cute are these appetizer caprese salads? You can even eat the skewer!
Flavorful foccacia bread is simple to make. Eliminate the onion and sage to make crispy breadsticks.
Use Gorgonzola, blue, or feta cheese in this appetizer that's suited to Christmas, New Year's, or anytime entertaining.
Follow the basic five-ingredient recipe or vary the cheese and herbs to create more flavors. For pretty color to serve on a Christmas buffet, serve this appetizer with baguette slices and tomatoes.