Keep-It-Casual Italian

Let your kitchen be the dining room for this laid-back get-together.
Shirley Harrington
Keep-It-Casual Italian
Lemon-Basil Antipasto is fun to eat and beautiful.
William Dickey / Styling Rose Nguyen / Food Styling Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Keep-It-Casual Italian Recipes

Invite guests to slip onto barstools, put their elbows on the island, and help themselves to refreshing Lemon-Basil Antipasto. This way, you won't miss a thing as you prepare the veggie main dish of Creamy Tortellini Primavera and friends chat over the first course. Wrap up the night in the living room with coffee or espresso and your favorite cookies.

"Keep-It-Casual Italian" is from the March 2008 issue of Southern Living.