Enjoy this collection of my best Italian side dishes! Whether you need menu ideas for Easter or Christmas or just want a great side dish for pizza, you'll find delicious options here.
33 Italian Side Dishes
You'll love these recipes for my best Italian sides! You'll find many authentic Italian side dishes plus some with an Italian twist!
Italian Vegetable Recipes
We love our Italian veggie dishes! Choose from a wide variety, including many vegan options simply prepared with olive oil, garlic, etc.
This Italian eggplant side dish from Naples will knock your socks off! Thin eggplant planks are fried in oil, then layered with tomato sauce, Parmesan and basil.
Every leaf of these baked stuffed artichokes contains a slice of garlic and
sliver of Romano cheese! My family has been making these for many
decades. We don't use bread crumbs here, to allow the flavor of the roasted artichokes, cheese and garlic to shine through.
This escarole dish from Naples includes garlic, raisins and pine nuts for a delicious feast for the senses! Even kids love its sweet-and-savory vibe.
Promise me you'll try this Escarole-Stuffed Pizza from Naples! It's one of my most special recipes, and you won't believe how good it is!
Whether you use bacon or pancetta or skip the meat altogether, you'll love these Italian peas with onions!
This roasted butternut squash is so delicious with my favorite Italian seasoning, but you almost can't go wrong. This is the perfect accompaniment for chicken, turkey or pork.
My go-to Italian vegan dish features lemon, garlic and parsley and is so refreshing!
Don't miss this traditional Italian side dish from Naples! This vegan, gluten-free zucchini recipe features vinegar, garlic and fresh mint.
Nonna's batter-fried zucchini is so addictive! This dish from Naples is legendary in my family!
There's a reason this is one of my most popular recipes! You have to try this Italian Zucchini Bake, featuring Parmesan and Romano!
This classic Italian side dish will be one of the best of your life! Roasted peppers are sautéed with olive oil and garlic for additional depth of flavor. This is the real deal, folks!
This sweet-and-sour eggplant salad from Sicily is amazing! Enjoy it as a cold Italian side dish or serve it at room temperature.
You'll love this method for crispy eggplant "fried" without much oil! Romano cheese brings a nice pop of flavor. Dip these in marinara sauce or use them in eggplant Parmigiana!
Prepared without bread crumbs as in Naples, this Eggplant Parmigiana is so delicious! It's one of our favorite Italian vegetable side dishes.
This authentic Italian dish from Naples features slightly bitter greens sautéed with garlic in oil. Briefly boiling the rapini first decreases any bitterness!
Mom's Italian Carrot Salad is so refreshing and delicious! This is the perfect vegan side dish everyone will love.
Don't miss this legendary Spinach-Ricotta Pie recipe from Mom! This is one of my favorite dishes of all time.
These Italian mushrooms prepared as in Naples are so delicious! They go so well with beef, pork, veal or chicken.
This Italian green bean recipe from Naples features garlic, tomatoes and olive oil! Serve it at room temperature and prepare to swoon.
These green beans with cheesy Homemade Italian Bread Crumbs will be the highlight of your meal! This is a huge family favorite!
Italian Potato Side Dishes
When pasta isn't on the menu, potatoes are a great Italian starch to include! Enjoy these much-loved family recipes!
This Italian summer dish from Naples is excellent for potlucks! The vinegar-based potato salad is so delicious, you'll want to enjoy it all year.
My favorite seasoning from Italy makes these roasted potatoes delizioso! They're the perfect side dish for Italian sausage, pork, beef, poultry or even fish.
The name says it all. You have to try these potatoes, which are Mom's favorite!
Italian Rice Dishes & Grains
Italian rice or polenta goes with everything!
My go-to risotto recipe features wine, Parmesan, onions and chicken stock for a classic Italian side dish that elevates the entire meal!
This baked risotto with vegetables is incredible! It's mostly hands-off to prepare.
This Creamy Parmesan Polenta goes wonderfully with vegetables, meat or fish. You can serve it on the side or build a meal right on top of it!
There's nothing like a refreshing Italian salad, whether it's made with lettuce, beans, vegetables or pasta!
If you need a dish for a holiday buffet or summer potluck, this Rotini Pasta Salad delivers! It's a hit every time and does not contain mayo.
This bean side dish is so addictive! You can make this healthy Italian side in just five minutes.
You'll love this spinach salad with a sweet-and-savory vibe! The orange vinaigrette is so refreshing!
This cauliflower rice salad features the delicious Caprese flavors of mozzarella, tomato and basil! Drizzle on some balsamic glaze and enjoy!
Every meal is ten times better with the Best Italian Green Salad! Don't miss this iconic family recipe!
If you've never grilled Romaine, you don't know what you've been missing! You have to try it!
Don't Forget the Crusty Bread
It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Every Italian meal is more delicious with some crusty bread to dip in the oil or sauce!
This Homemade Italian Bread recipe has many fans because it's so easy! Don't miss all of my tips to produce a wonderful loaf of bread in your kitchen.
If you love Italian cuisine, you now have plenty of side dish recipes to choose from! Let me know which ones are your favorite, and don't miss these 63 Italian Appetizer Recipes or these 50 Best Spinach Recipes!
I can't believe I found lots of my mama's recipes here!
she passed away and I didn't have them.
Thank you so much!
This is so precious!
Hi Jackie - I'm sorry for the loss of your mom. Your comment means so much to me, because this is the main reason I started my site back in 2014. Enjoy!
Wow what a fabulous list! I cant wait to start making these. Yummy!
Hi Andrea- I hope you enjoy these recipes. Thanks!
There are so many delicious options here, I don't know where to start!
Hi Wanda - There's one for every day of the month! Haha!
All of these side dishes look wonderful, but the Eggplant Parmigiana has my name all over it! I love eggplants so much, adding this one to try first.
Hi Nadja - I can't blame you! I love that eggplant Parmigiana.
What a great collection of recipes! I'm pinning this to have at the ready any time I need some Italian food!
Hi Emily - This is the perfect post to pin. Enjoy!
These all look so good I don't know which one to try first! It might have to be those roasted potatoes or the homemade Italian bread! Yum!
Hi Anjali - Both of those are delicious! Thank you.