Hosting a fun gathering with your friends and family? Well, don’t forget to provide some tasty food for your guests. I can guarantee this list of scrumptious Italian appetizers will make your party a hit!
Almost everyone I know loves Italian food.
Any meal with Italian influences, especially Italian appetizers, are pretty much the perfect party food. I mean, how could they not be?
It’s comforting, colorful, and chock-full of amazing flavors!
From authentic Italian fare to fun mash-ups, your guests are sure to rave about these easy Italian appetizer recipes for the next couple of parties!
17 Amazing Italian Appetizers for Your Next Party
If you’re having people over for a party, you have to have delicious food to keep everyone happy and full.
I’ve found appetizers are the perfect food at get-togethers because they can often be made quickly and in large quantities.
So, the next time you host a party, try serving one (or more!) of these fantastic Italian appetizers that are sure to please.
Whether you are having a small family gathering or hosting a pot luck, this collection of easy Italian appetizers is sure to satisfy a hungry crowd!
Classic Italian Appetizers – Antipasto Skewers
Antipasto skewers are wonderful when you need to throw something delicious together in a pinch. Use items from your pantry and fridge like peppers, Italian meats, cheeses, olives, etc.
This is recipe is totally customizable. So, using whatever you have on hand is fine![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.honeyandbirch.com/antipasto-skewers/” name=”Antipasto Skewers Recipe” summary=”Looking for an easy party appetizers for a lazy summer day or a casual and relaxed barbecue? These antipasto skewers can easily be made from store bought pickled items or from your pantry stash! Easy to eat and very delicious!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.honeyandbirch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/antipasto-skewers-11.jpg”]
Make an Italian Hummus
Although not a true hummus, this Italian Cannellini Hummus with basil and sun-dried tomatoes is a quick appetizer that you can whip up anytime you need to feed a hungry group fast.
Pair it with whatever dippers you can find (vegetables and crackers are both yummy), and you’ll have a happy crowd.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://twohealthykitchens.com/italian-cannellini-hummus-with-basil-and-sun-dried-tomatoes/” name=”Italian Cannellini Hummus with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes” summary=”Whip up this delicious Cannellini Hummus in moments – just throw everything in the food processor! A real crowd-pleaser! ” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://twohealthykitchens.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/THK-Sundried-Tomato-Hummus.jpg”]
Italian Tomato Sandwiches
These Italian tomato sandwiches would be a lovely app for a brunch or shower.
To make this recipe, Italian bread is topped with herbed cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and juicy tomatoes.
Honestly, they had me at herbed cream cheese.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/italian-tomato-sandwiches/” name=”Italian Tomato Sandwiches” summary=”Soft Italian bread with a garlic Parmesan cream cheese spread. These mini Italian tomato sandwiches with fresh parsley make a great appetizer or lunch.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/italian-tomato-sandwiches.jpg”]
Pesto Pepperoni Roll-Ups
These pesto pepperoni roll-ups come together in just 15 short minutes, and they’re oozing with flavor.
With pesto and pepperoni together…fogeddaboutit 😉
Bonus: You’ll get a good dose of veggies in this appetizer, too![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pesto-pepperoni-roll-ups/84b8f360-8d13-476c-865b-e3d724df26b2″ name=”Pesto-Pepperoni Roll-Ups” summary=”Wrap up an appetizer in 15 minutes! Flavorful refrigerated pesto partners with pepperoni and vegetables.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://images-gmi-pmc.edge-generalmills.com/68af6822-9b5e-406c-8bd3-7cc534e51d83.jpg”]
Crowd-Pleasing Italian Appetizers – Baked Ravioli
Put a little crunch on your ravioli!
By crunch, I mean fry! Have you ever had fried ravioli? It’s heavenly.
You can make a healthier (but just as tasty) version with these baked ravioli appetizers. These are made from meat ravioli dipped in a mixture of flour and Italian bread crumbs.
Simple, but scrumptious.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://todayscreativeideas.com/baked-ravioli-appetizers/” name=”Baked Ravioli Appetizers – Olive Garden Copycat” summary=”These baked ravioli appetizers have the perfect amount of seasoning and topped with your favorite pasta sauce makes them a super delicious snack.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://todayscreativeideas.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/baked-ravioli3.jpg”]
Parmesan Tortellini Bites
You can do the same thing with three-cheese tortellini. Crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle – you won’t be able to stop eating them!
Don’t blink because they’ll be gone faster than you realize.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://damndelicious.net/2014/09/29/parmesan-tortellini-bites/” name=”Parmesan Tortellini Bites – Damn Delicious” summary=”Parmesan Tortellini Bites – Crisp, crunchy, parmesan-loaded tortellini bites – so good, you won’t be able to stop eating these!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://s23209.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/IMG_9043edit-copy.jpg”]
Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
Of course, no appetizer list is complete without homemade meatballs! Mozzarella stuffed Italian meatballs are a crowd-pleaser, for sure.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/mozzarella-stuffed-italian-meatballs/” name=”Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs – Spoonful of Flavor” summary=”Dare to pair these mozzarella stuffed italian meatballs with Alamos Malbec wine! These meatballs are perfect to serve as an appetizer or with pasta!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Mozzarella-Stuffed-Italian-Meatballs_thumb2.jpg”]
7 Layer Italian Dip Appetizer
Serve this 7-layer Italian dip with toasted baguettes, chips, or crackers.
Seven flavorful layers of Italian flavors – your guests will rave about it![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.chef-in-training.com/7-layer-italian-dip/” name=”7 Layer Italian Dip – Chef in Training” summary=”Seven Layers of Italian flavor and ingredient heaven! This will be one appetizer you get requests to serve over and over again! ” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.chef-in-training.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/7-Layer-Italian-Dip-1.jpg”]
Italian Pesto Sliders
Italian Pesto Sliders are perfect for a party or as an easy weeknight meal. The butter on these really makes the sandwiches.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://www.simplejoy.com/italian-pesto-sliders/” name=”Italian Pesto Sliders” summary=”These Italian Pesto Sliders are easy to throw together and so delicious! Perfect for a party or easy weeknight meal!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://www.simplejoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/italian_pesto_sliders.jpg”]
Smoked Mozzarella Dip
This smoked mozzarella dip is just as tasty as the Olive Garden version. It has four different types of cheese for some serious ooey, gooey, melty goodness (YUM!).[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://lovegrowswild.com/2015/01/smoked-mozzarella-dip/” name=”Smoked Mozzarella Dip” summary=”This hot, bubbling Smoked Mozzarella Dip is the ultimate party food! Four different cheeses all melted into one delicious appetizer that is perfect for dipping.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://lovegrowswild.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Smoked-Mozzarella-Dip-final.jpg”]
Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread
There is just something deliciously magical about pull apart bread. This buttery cheesy pesto version is no different – it will go fast!
The other great thing about this Italian appetizer is that you can prep the bread ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake it.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://carlsbadcravings.com/cheesy-pull-apart-pesto-bread-from-abcs-the-chew-2/” name=”Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread” summary=”This Cheesy Pull Apart Bread is made with just 4 ingredients and will have everyone swooning! It will make your life easier and all your holiday parties more delicious.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://carlsbadcravings.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Cheesy-Pull-Apart-Pesto-Bread-main2.jpg”]
Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers
Make tortellini skewers with pesto-tossed tortellini and paired with sundried tomatoes.
Mmm…the perfect blend of Italian flavors, if you ask me.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://foodyschmoodyblog.com/easy-pesto-tortellini-skewers/” name=”Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers – Foody Schmoody Blog” summary=”These Easy Pesto Tortellini Skewers can be served room temperature or chilled making them the perfect choice for potlucks, BBQ’s and brunches.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://foodyschmoodyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Pesto-tortellini-skewer2.jpg”]
Olive Cheese Bread
Olive cheese bread pairs the saltiness of the olives with lots of gooey cheese and crusty bread. It’s a perfect Italian appetizer that you’ll crave again and again![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://homeinthefingerlakes.com/olive-cheese-bread/” name=”Olive Cheese Bread” summary=”This Olive Cheese Bread is an easy and delicious appetizer loaded with olives, melted cheese, on a crunchy loaf of french bread.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://homeinthefingerlakes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/olive-cheese-bread-1.jpg”]
Did someone say lasagna?
Oh, my word. I think I could eat this entire pan of lasagna dip all by myself! But, I have to admit. It would make a fab Italian appetizer recipe for game day, wouldn’t it?[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/lasagna-dip-and-tuttorosso-tomatoes/” name=”Lasagna Dip and Tuttorosso Tomatoes – Spicy Southern Kitchen” summary=”Lasagna Dip with a creamy layer of cheese on the bottom, a thick tomato-Italian sausage sauce, and lots of melted mozzarella cheese on top is one of the most delicious game day foods ever. Just look at that cheesiness!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/tuttorosso-52.jpg”]
Italian Tomato Salsa Recipe (One of my Favorite Italian Appetizers)
Why should Mexican food get all the fun? Pair this Italian salsa with some crunchy tortilla chips or a few pieces of crusty bread.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://veggiesociety.com/italian-tomato-salsa-recipe/” name=”Italian Tomato Salsa Recipe • Veggie Society” summary=”Fresh Italian tomato salsa recipe known by its official birth name of “Salsa Cruda di Pomodoro“ or ”Salsa Rosa%22 with all the classic Italian flavors!” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://veggiesociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Italian-Tomato-Salsa-Recipe-3.jpg”]
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs
These pastry puffs are one of my favorite Italian appetizers. They are stuffed with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and are absolutely delicious.
They may look very complicated and fancy, but they’re so easy to make![wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”https://thecozyapron.com/prosciutto-wrapped-asparagus-puffs-the-perfect-little-golden-morsels-for-the-holidays/” name=”Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Puffs with Four Italian Cheeses” summary=”Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus, nestled in a buttery pastry shell and filled with four Italian cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://thecozyapron.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/asparagus-puffs_12-05-14_1_ca.jpg”]
Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan, and Basil Whirls – Perfect Italian Appetizers
These colorful whirls will be your new go-to recipe for parties. It’s a simple recipe with puff pastry dough, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and basil!
These baked whirls are so easy to throw together a big tray of them in a flash and feed a large crowd.[wprm-recipe-roundup-item link=”http://www.cherrapeno.com/2007/11/sun-dried-tomato-parmesan-basil-whirls.html” name=”Sun-Dried Tomato, Parmesan & Basil Whirls” summary=”The party season is upon us and these little beauties are not only easy to throw together, they taste pretty good too.” image=”-1″ image_url=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/cm2rE0UmntGgEFfT3ws2rX954JD7EHkMxAxRwGyhAZg7MXidNuIZA0fIh6gnhKSpS3Byla4-5qgHJZqlNwurd93gQx87ch1NH_bS75487kiq=w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu”]
So, that’s the whole list!
These Italian appetizer ideas will feed a crowd and are perfect for your next potluck.
With good food like this, your guests will enjoy the get together even more and leave with full tummies.