15 Traditional Italian Appetizers | Popular Italian Starters

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Italians are more than just their pizzas and pasta. Classic Italian appetizers are perfect for any season throughout the year. For summer, you may go for a refreshing caprese salad. If you want to welcome fall, try serving some tasty crispy frico cups. Another good thing about Italian appetizers is that they are fairly easy to create! And no, you do not need to stay in the kitchen for hours. 

With that said, here are 15 traditional appetizers everyone will love! 

15. Caponata: A Delicious Appetizer You Can Make in Advance

Caponata is a traditional Italian appetizer you can make in advance of any event you’re having. It is made of eggplant and lots of other summer vegetables, simmered and served over crostini. Absolutely delicious!!!

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14. Socca Pizza with Parma Ham

Craving pizza but in a hurry? Quick and easy socca pizza with Parma Ham is the answer! Whenever I’m craving pizza, but I don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen to make my homemade Italian pizza dough, socca comes to the rescue.

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13. How to Make Irresistible Italian White Bean Dip

This Italian White Bean Dip is just as delicious as the version from Supper NYC that inspired it! Super simple ingredients make this an easy appetizer!

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12. Sicilian Caponata – Aubergine Stew

Sicilian Caponata (Caponata Siciliana di melanzane) is a traditional aubergine dish perfect to share as a side or appetizer.

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11. Authentic Italian Potato Frittata

One of the most traditional Italian recipes loved by kids and grown-ups. Learn all the tips and tricks to make perfect potato frittata every single time!

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10. Gluten-Free Fried Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo

What, a gluten-free fried ravioli? Yes and it’s everything you could dream of! This gluten-free fried ravioli is going to be your new favorite appetizer to serve to family and friends.

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9. Air Fryer Arancini | Italian Rice Balls

Arancini or Italian Rice Balls, is a very popular street food in Sicily. The classic traditional deep fried recipe gets a makeover by being air fried to make it a healthier and guilt free snack / appetizer.

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8. Italian Antipasto Charcuterie Board

Enjoy a simple and beautiful Italian antipasto platter this summer! With fresh garden fruit, cured meat, cheeses, and bread, this Charcuterie Board is so delicious, easy to put together, and fun to eat!

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7. Panelle (Sicilian Chickpea Fritters)

Popular Sicilian street food that you can easily prepare at home. Panelle (or Sicilian Chickpea Fritters) is excellent as an appetizer, a snack, or for making your own panelle sandwich!

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6. Bocconcini Caprese with Caramelized Onions

Are you looking for a light meal for those hot summer nights? When the weather warms, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven or prepare a hot, heavy meal. This Bocconcini Caprese is the perfect balance of refreshing fresh veggies, delicious cheese, and zesty balsamic vinegar.

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5. Roman Style Fried Artichokes

Roman style fried artichokes recipe inspired by the infamous fried artichokes in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Baby artichokes are gently fried in olive oil and seasoned simply with sea salt and lemon juice.

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4. The Best Sicilian Arancini

Sicilian Arancini, or rice balls, are one of the most recognized Sicilian foods throughout the world. These crisp, golden little nuggets are a popular street food all over Sicily.

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3. Crostini with Cherry Tomatoes And Mozzarella

Crostini are small bite size toasted piece of bread that is crusty and can be topped with several different toppings. This Crostini with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella is our summertime favorite to make with fresh homegrown tomatoes.

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2. Classic Basil Pesto Crostini

Classic Basil Pesto Crostini recipe features zesty pesto sauce spread over crispy toasted baguette slices. An easy and festive appetizer!

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1. Italian Lupini Beans [A Step by Step Tutorial]

Italian Lupini Beans are truly a unique, healthy and delicious snack that can be eaten throughout the year. Lupini are also great for your appetizer or cheese boards. Whether you refer to them as lupini or lupins, come and see for yourself how easily they can be prepared at home.

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