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20+ Authentic Italian Appetizer Recipes

Italian appetizers, or antipasti as they are called in Italy, are my best way to start a dinner party.

One of my favorite things about hosting friends and family is preparing antipasti to serve with a fresh Aperol spritz before dinner. 

From classic bruschetta to Sicilian arancini, in this article we will explore a variety of authentic Italian appetizer recipes.

Authentic Italian Appetizer Recipes

I’m excited to share these authentic Italian appetizer recipes with you.

Some of these recipes are my own creations, while others are from amazing bloggers that I’ve tested and can confirm are absolutely delicious.

These recipes are the perfect way to begin any meal, whether for a holiday gathering or a casual get-together with friends.

24 Delicious Italian Appetizer Recipes

#1 Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant Caponata

A Sicilian specialty, this sweet and savory eggplant dish can be served as an appetizer with crusty ciabatta or as a side dish. 

What I absolutely adore about Caponata is its unique blend of sweet and salty flavors, which makes it u

#2 Breaded Eggplant

Breaded Eggplant

This has always been one of my favorite appetizers, and the memories of my grandmother’s kitchen make it even more special.

 Served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, these breaded eggplants are irresistible.

#3 Eggplant Rollatini Recipe 

Eggplant Rollatini Recipe

My take on this classic dish features a delicate, sauceless rollatini that’s perfect for finger-food appetizers.

You can bake them in the oven or air-fry them for a healthier twist.

#4 Roasted Tomato And Zucchini Bruschetta

Roasted Tomato And Zucchini Bruschetta

 It’s the perfect appetizer for sharing with friends by the pool.

#5 Mozzarella Balls

Mozzarella Balls

These mozzarella balls are a must-have appetizer when I make home pizza.

While traditionally fried, I’ve found that using an air fryer gives them a healthier twist without compromising flavor.

They’re little bites of cheesy goodness.

#6 Prosciutto and Melon (Prosciutto e Melone)

Prosciutto and Melon (Prosciutto e Melone)

Prosciutto e melone is a two ingredient appetizer that is a classic in Italy.

Simple to prepare, it’s fresh, easy, and healthy.

#7 Sausage Crostini

Sausage Crostini

Savory sausage crostini with cheese! Creamy, a little spicy, and easy to make!

#8 Italian Bruschetta Recipe

Italian Bruschetta Recipe

The Best Homemade Italian Bruschetta Recipe!

This cherry tomato bruschetta appetizer comes together in under 10 minutes.

#9 Marinated Bocconcini

Marinated Bocconcini

Marinated bocconcini is fresh mozzarella balls infused with garlic, herbs, and olive oil.

It’s delicious on an antipasto or charcuterie board.

#10 Italian pickled eggplant

Italian pickled eggplant

Preparing pickled eggplant takes time and patience, but the end result is always worth it.

It is a unique and flavorful addition to any antipasto platter.



Typical of Rome, these fried rice croquettes with a mozzarella heart are one of my favorite appetizers.

The cheese center surprises with every bite.

#12 Mini Caprese Skewers

Mini Caprese Skewers

These mini caprese skewers are an easy twist on the classic caprese salad for a quick and easy appetizer. 

#13 italian antipasto platter

italian antipasto platter

In my like to include a selection of prosciutto, salami, Parmesan, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, and various olives.

Served with crusty bread and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, this platter is a true celebration of Italian flavors.

#14 Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives

No Italian-style appetizer is complete without a bowl of marinated olives.

These little flavor bombs add tanginess and richness to any platter.

They’re a true must-have for an authentic Italian experience.

#15 Zucchini Flowers 

Zucchini Flowers

Fried zucchini flowers are a delicious appetizer that are popular in Italy, but you can make them at home with this easy recipe.

A handful of ingredients and minutes are all that is needed!



Make this crispy fried polenta either pan-fried or baked for a delicious, budget-friendly Italian appetizer that everyone will love!

#17 Arancini


The mini version of the classic Sicilian arancino.

These bite-sized rice balls are filled with deliciousness and are super tasty



Mozzarella and tomato crostinis are an easy and crowd pleasing appetizer.

These are perfect during gardening season when fresh basil and cherry tomatoes are abundant!

Crostinis come together fast and are made with just 5 ingredients!



If you’re a fan of seafood, then these baked mussels are a must-try appetizer.

#20 Burrata Stuffed Tomato

Burrata Stuffed Tomato

These burrata-stuffed tomatoes have Italian flavor par excellence.

They are fresh, creamy, and easy to make, making them a great addition to any appetizer.

#21 Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

These skewers are a nice way to plate an Italian appetizer.

I thread various ingredients onto toothpicks, such as cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, salami, olives, and more.

#22 Ricotta Spinach Tarts

Ricotta Spinach Tarts

These ricotta spinach tarts are the perfect appetizer for those who love the combination of creamy ricotta and flavorful spinach. 

The buttery crust adds an extra touch of indulgence. They’re simply irresistible.

#23 fried calamari

fried calamari

This is an appetizer that I often prepare for special occasions or during the festive Christmas season.

The crispy coating and tender calamari rings are perfect for seafood lovers.

#24 Crostini with Prosciutto

Crostini with Prosciutto

These bite-sized toasts topped with thinly sliced prosciutto are a classic Italian appetizer.

The combination of the crispy bread, salty prosciutto, and a touch of olive oil is simply irresistible.

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