Given the richness and history of Italian cuisine, making appetizers inspired by these flavors results in dishes that are sensational.
For simplicity, enjoy an Instant Italian Cheese Tray with a wedge of fontina cheese and thin slices of prosciutto. If you prefer the perfect pickup bite, then Italian Skewers are the way to go: mozzarella, Genoa salami, artichokes, tomatoes, and olives get stacked together in a savory sensation that you can make in advance. For some true tastes of Italy, make Lemon-Basil Antipasto: pack a platter full of salami, olives, pepperoncini, and more.
Remember the slices of crusty Italian bread—think ciabatta focaccia—that will taste even better lightly drizzled in olive oil, sprinkled with rosemary, and gently toasted in the oven. Or, simply grill some pizzas with our guide to The Ultimate Backyard Pizza Party. What could be better for appetizers than slices of fresh, hot pizza? Grab some Grilled Tomato Bruschetta and a little Simple Grilled Asparagus while you wait: the pizzas will be right out.