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Italian starter & appetizers

Italian starter is well known as antipasto. A classic Italian menu for a special occasion is composed by antipasto, first course that is a pasta or rice dish, second course based on meat or fish and then a dessert. Antipasto opens an Italian menu in different ways. It can be an assorted platter of salami, cheeses and other tidbits or a particular dish such as a flan or a clam chowder and so on. Another choice could be assorted appetizers of different kinds. Appetizers are a right choice for aperitivo too.

sandwiches or canapès with kiwi and shrimps
Italian canapes

How to serve Italian-style appetizers

Impress your guests beginning your dinner party with some recipes of the Italian tradition. You can choose among assorted salami platter, bruschetta, crostini, canapés, marinated anchovies, panzerotti, pizza, vegetables in oil, dressed olives, vegetable pudding, savoury pies or savory bignés (puffs) ...
Prepare a lot of tasteful appetizers for your meal, buffet-style to celebrate all the important occasions in your life.
Make entertaining appetizers for your Halloween, Christmas, Easter party menu!
Choose easy-to-eat finger foods for your BBQ party to serve to your guests waiting for main dishes.
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Italian starter and appetizers

Appetizers, Italian-style (Italian antipasto)

Russian salad

If you are interested in traditional Italian appetizers with meat, seafood, cheese and vegetable ingredients, this is the directory for you ! You'll be able to find from assorted salami platter to grated or boiled clams.


Italian tartine with fish and fruit

Canapes are different from crostini. We Italians make them with sliced, soft bread, ritz, savory cookies ... They are perfect to begin a full menu or to pair to a good cocktail.

Easy-to-eat finger foods

Orange and shrimp salad

Who doesn't know finger food? I use them especially in my buffet-style meal, BBQ parties, alfresco dinners or cocktail parties. Here you'll be able to find a lot of ideas with meat, fish and vegetables.

Italian Crostini and croutons

seafood crostini

We Italians are famous all over the world for our crostini. Outside Italy they are called croutons too. In any way you call them, they are too much tasty. Do you agree?

Savory pies

savory cake, Italian-style

Savory tarts, pies and cakes are a real specialty of Italian cuisine. I serve them in many occasions.
You'll be able to find a lot of tasty ideas for all seasons and all ages!

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