Italian Appetizer Recipes

Bruschetta, fried ravioli, antipasto—Italy does apps right. See all our top-rated Italian-inspired appetizers.

Staff Picks

Orange and Rosemary Baked Olives

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Low-carb, healthful snack choice which can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Eggplant Caponata (Sicilian Version)

Rating: 5 stars 70
Caponata is a delicious relish or appetizer that can be served hot or cold.

Cory's Best Calamari

Rating: 4 stars 16
My mom always cooked this recipe when I was a kid: deep fried calamari. This is one of our family's favorite foods. Simple yet very delicious.
By Cory Folchi

Mushroom and Tomato Bruschetta

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Wonderful for an appetizer before a pasta meal and great paired with a glass of Chianti. Feel free to add your own touches to taste!

Chocolate Sea Salt Crostini

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
For this to work as a savory bite, the chocolate must be very dark, bittersweet, and world-class. Look for names that are hard to pronounce. Labels with percentage symbols are always a good sign (the higher the percent, the better).

Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
If you have a garden and you planted zucchini, you will have an abundance of squash blossoms. These are just amazing, with that tangy goat cheese filling and that batter: so simple, light, and crisp.

Basil Pesto Bread Rounds

Rating: 4.5 stars 119
A very easy, versatile recipe of a pesto topping on French bread slices. One of my most requested recipes! Great for potlucks or as an accompaniment to soup or salad meals. Try them with sun-dried tomato pesto!

Nonna's Artichokes

Rating: 5 stars 3
This is my Italian mother-in-law's recipe for artichokes. Large artichokes are stuffed with a delicious bread crumb mixture and then simmered in a white wine sauce until tender. Use a nice crusty bread to soak up the remaining sauce!

Sun Dried Tomato Focaccia

Rating: 4.5 stars 82
This isn't just a bread, it's a meal - chewy foccacia with a cheese topping.
By Margaret Dunk

Fresh Sardines Naples Style

Rating: 4 stars 10
Fresh sardines are fried to a crispy golden brown, and drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette then topped off with a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves. Serve this appetizer with a good white wine.
By Salvatore

Inspiration and Ideas

Rating: Unrated 27
"So delicious! I made a half serving of this, and it was still a huge amount of antipasto. I gave some away and froze some for later." – ClaireJemima
Bomba Calabrese (Spicy Pepper Spread)
Rating: Unrated 6
See how to make this savory eggplant and pepper spread.