Looking for Italian appetizers? Here's a mouthwatering collection of Italian starters, including antipasto, vegetarian, meat and seafood options. Get the recipes you need for the holidays or any festive gathering!
If you need ideas for Italian appetizers, you've come to the right place! I've assembled a delizioso collection of starters for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve or any celebration!
I'm sharing many of my own recipes, plus several from my food-blogging colleagues. I reviewed 130 appetizers to find a variety that would appeal to Cooking with Mamma C readers.
You'll find many authentic Italian recipes here, plus some with an Italian twist! Have fun exploring, and don't miss my collection of 33 Italian Side Dishes (Contorni)!
Italian Seafood Appetizers
This Italian seafood collection includes recipes for clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp and tuna! They’re perfect for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or your next clam bake!
Bread & Pizza Appetizers
It wouldn’t be a party without some bread or pizza! Whether you need something sophisticated or kid-friendly, you can’t go wrong with these options.
Italian Appetizer Skewers
Enjoy these fun and festive skewer appetizers! They look beautiful and taste even better.
“Crostini” refers to little toast slices. They’re perfect for topping with cheese, fruit, vegetables or beans. Try these crostini ideas or get creative with your own!
Italian Finger Food
Forks are optional with this array of Italian finger food. From fried appetizers to baked taralli, I bet you can’t eat just one!
Antipasto means food eaten "before the meal," and antipasti is plural. Enjoy this collection of antipasti, featuring bite-sized food like Italian olives, beans, tomatoes and prosciutto! What’s not to love?
Vegetarian Italian Starters
Italians love their vegetables! Enjoy these fantastic options. Most of them are legendary in my family!
Italian Eggplant Appetizers
Eggplants are one of the most delicious and versatile Italian vegetables! Enjoy these mouthwatering recipes!
Stuffed Mushroom Appetizers
You can stuff mushrooms with or without meat and with or without bread crumbs. You can even stuff them with seafood! Enjoy these delicious options!
Italian Meat Appetizers
Consider meatballs or Italian chicken wings for your selection of hot appetizers. They're always a hit!
Have you tried burrata cheese? It hails from the Puglia region of Italy and features an outer shell of fresh mozzarella. The inside includes shreds of mozzarella and cream for a decadent delight!
Appetizers with an Italian Twist
If you've visited Cooking with Mamma C before, you know I often put an Italian twist on dishes to make them better! Haha! Enjoy these creations.
I hope you found some amazing Italian Appetizer Recipes! Be sure to check out my other collections:
- Italian Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
- 29 Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast Recipes
- 33 Italian Lent Recipes
- 4th of July Menu Ideas