Italian starter recipes
Kick-start your Italian dinner with one of our starter ideas, from a show-stopping burrata bruschetta to marinated figs with creamy mozzarella and crisp 'nduja arancini
Looking for Italian starters to serve at your next dinner party? We have plenty of primi dishes to choose from… think grilled veggie antipasti, burrata bruschetta and a show-stopping Italian flatbread with pear, walnut and gorgonzola. Looking for more Italian recipes? We have plenty of posh pasta dishes (including how to make pasta from scratch) and easy pizza ideas, as well as the best Italian desserts and best Italian baking recipes.
Italian starter recipes
Lello Favuzzi, of London's Mortimer House, has created a deluxe starter to kick off an Italian dinner. Creamy burrata is paired with homemade red onion jam and drizzled in balsamic vinegar for a vibrant, sophisticated treat.
Italian restaurant Bancone's perfectly formed and crunchy 'nduja arancini, laced with Grano Padano and saffron, makes for an easy yet impressive starter with a kick.
Italian scotch olives
Italian scotch olives make a great starter or nibble to serve with drinks. This recipe comes from Italian restaurant Luca.
Puntarelle salad with anchovies and capers
Puntarelle, a bitter green plant popular in Italy, features in this salad from Ombra restaurant's Mitshel Ibrahim. If you’re after a light, fresh salad to serve at your Italian dinner party, this is a fail-safe recipe.
This typically Sicilian-style salad of watermelon, chicory and salty pecorinos, topped with toasted pistachios and fennel herb, is a great starter to serve to friends and family at an Italian-style dinner party.
Grilled vegetable antipasti
An impressive, make-ahead option to serve at an Italian dinner party. Grill these vibrant veggies and serve alongside fresh focaccia, plenty of olives and cured meats.
Grilled peaches with burrata
For a bright and colourful salad that acts as the perfect Italian starter, check out this combination of juicy peaches, creamy burrata and salty serrano ham.
Italian flatbread with pear, walnut and gorgonzola
Kick off a classic Italian meal with a molten cheesy flatbread, featuring a dazzling combination of gorgonzola, pears and walnuts.
Figs with Grana Padano and pink peppercorn dressing
Finely grated Grana Padano in the dressing provides a creamy, piquant contrast to sweet figs in this vibrant Italian starter, a dish that's guaranteed to satisfy everyone at the table.
Who can say no to focaccia? Satisfy your guests with this moreish and springy Italian bread, glistening with olive oil and studded with rosemary.
Chicory with mixed pulses and grains
Italian restaurant Bancone's chicory salad, starring lentils, borlotti beans and crunchy panko breadcrumbs, is an easy yet show-off starter for your Italian dinner party.
Marinated figs with mozzarella and serrano ham
This simple Italian assortment of figs, creamy mozzarella, salty serrano ham and peppery rocket is easy to assemble yet offers impressive results, perfect for a starter without any of the fuss.
Tomato salad with burrata and ‘nduja sauce
A punchy 'nduja sauce is the perfect counterbalance to creamy burrata and vibrant tomatoes in this fresh Italian salad, ideal for a summery dinner party starter.
Broad bean and mint panzanella with burrata
For your next Italian dinner party with friends, why not open the evening with this broad bean and mint panzanella with burrata? It packs in plenty of salty flavours which offset the creamy burrata and fresh broad beans.
Tomatoes and lardo on toast with basil oil
For your first course, whip up a plateful of crunchy toasted sourdough with velvety lardo and juicy tomatoes as part of an antipasti at an Italian-style get-together.
Marinated melon and bocconcini
Make a plate of bocconcini, paired with sweet honeyed melon, for a retro Italian salad to present at your next dinner party.
Ricotta gnudi with sage butter
If you’re looking for an Italian-style starter that'll wow your guests, have a go at making these delicate, light-as-air ricotta gnudi in a dreamy pool of sage butter.
Cannellini bean, chilli and lemon bruschetta
This colourful Italian bruschetta topped with cannellini, chilli and lemon is ready in just 25 minutes, making it a dependable starter to serve at your Italian dinner party.
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