If you're planning a wedding in Italy, there's no doubt you want your guests to have an unforgettable experience. What better way to do that than by serving delicious Italian wedding appetizers? Italian cuisine is known for its mouthwatering flavours and elegant presentation. 

So, today, we're sharing some of the most delightful wedding appetizers you can serve at your dream wedding in Italy. From classic bruschetta to tartare, these bite-sized treats will impress your guests and leave them craving more. So, whether you're having a small, intimate wedding or a grand celebration, these Italian wedding appetizers will add a touch of Italian charm to your special day. Let's dive in!

Italian Wedding Appetizer Ideas

Italian cuisine is renowned for its bold flavours and fresh ingredients, making it a popular choice for weddings. We've compiled a list of mouthwatering Italian wedding appetizer ideas that will please even the most discerning palate. Let's explore some of the most delectable appetizers that will take your wedding guests to Italy.

We suggest a minimum of 8 appetizer choices; this allows you to showcase the diversity of Italian cuisine and provide something for every taste and preference. From classic appetizers that guests will love to unique and tantalizing culinary delights that will have them talking for years to come, your luxury wedding in Italy will be a feast for the senses that your guests will never forget!

Here are some of our favourite appetizers for your wedding menu.

Small Waffle Cones With Chianina Beef Tartare And Lime Cream 

This wedding appetizer perfectly combines crispy and creamy textures with a punch of zesty flavour. The small waffle cone is filled with Chianina beef tartare, a tender and flavorful raw beef, and topped with a dollop of lime cream. 

The tartare is expertly seasoned to bring out its natural flavours, while the lime cream adds a refreshing and tangy kick to every bite. This appetizer will impress your guests with its elegant presentation and bold flavours.

Italian Wedding appetizer Small Waffle Cones With Chianina Beef Tartare And Lime Cream

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Warm Beignet Mignon With Truffle And Cheese 

Warm beignet mignon with truffle and cheese is a decadent and luxurious appetizer that is perfect for a wedding celebration in Italy. The savoury and earthy truffle pairs perfectly with the creamy and tangy cheese, while the warm and fluffy beignet creates a delightful contrast in texture. 

This indulgent appetizer will leave a lasting impression on your guests and make your wedding an unforgettable culinary experience.

italian appetizers Warm Beignet Mignon With Truffle And Cheese 

Bruschetta With Porcini Mushrooms And Truffle-Flavoured Oil 

Bruschetta with porcini mushrooms and truffle-flavoured oil is a classic Italian appetizer that never fails to impress. The earthy and robust flavours of the mushrooms are complemented perfectly by the delicate truffle oil, making this appetizer a delicious and sophisticated addition to any wedding menu. Every bite is Mamma Mia! 

Small Blinis With Smoked Salmon And Wasabi Mayo 

Small blinis with smoked salmon and wasabi mayo are a perfect appetizer for seafood lovers. The delicate and flaky smoked salmon pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of wasabi mayo, while the mini blinis provide a soft buttery base.

stick appetizers with shrimps and veggies

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Fried Bites for your Italian Wedding Menu

When planning your Italian wedding menu, remember to include some fried bites for a bit of indulgence and variety. The most common ones are:

Cinnamon Parmigiano cheese cubes 

These little bites of cheesy goodness are coated in a crispy, sweet cinnamon batter. 

Rice balls with pecorino cheese and truffle 

Also known as arancini, these fried rice balls are stuffed with a mixture of pecorino cheese and truffle for a burst of flavour in every bite.

Zucchini sticks

Lightly breaded and fried until crispy, zucchini sticks are a classic Italian appetizer everyone will love. 

Appetizers cone with fried sea fruits

Food Stations

Adding food stations to your wedding cocktail hour is a great way to offer your guests a wide variety of delicious options while creating a unique and memorable dining experience. Some popular food station ideas for Italian weddings include;

These food stations allow your guests to sample a range of flavours and textures while also adding an element of interactivity to your wedding reception. Your guests will love mingling and exploring the different stations, and you'll love the unforgettable dining experience they provide.

Italian wedding appetizers grissini, pasta with tomato ad veggies, and crostini misti

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Finger Foods: Finger food is a popular choice for weddings because it's easy to eat, doesn't require utensils, and can be passed around by waitstaff, making it perfect for mingling and socializing during cocktail hour.

Dips and Spreads: Savoury dips or spreads are usually served with crackers, chips, or bread, such as hummus, tzatziki, or pâté.

Small Plates and Bowls: Small portions of food served on plates or in bowls, such as soup shooters, mini quiches, or Caprese skewers.

Skewers and Kabobs: Grilled or roasted meat, vegetables, or fruit skewered on a stick, such as chicken satay, shrimp skewers, or fruit kabobs.

Hors d'oeuvres: Fancy, high-end appetizers usually served at formal events, such as caviar, foie gras, or smoked salmon.

As the Italians say, "la dolce vita"  is about enjoying the good things in life. By serving some of these delectable Italian wedding appetizers, you can treat your guests to a taste of the sweet life and create a truly unforgettable celebration of love.

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Let’s be honest for a moment. Put yourself in your wedding guests’ shoes, and imagine yourself jetting off to attend a destination wedding – an Italian destination wedding nonetheless – what would you be looking forward to?

No one adores food more than the Italians, so it is only to be expected that an Italian wedding menu is nothing short of a fantastic spectacle. An Italian wedding menu generally consists of several courses, so you can’t really get away with hiring a food truck! Here is how to design and execute the most excellent traditional Italian wedding menu to keep your guests guessing and on their toes with numerous delicacies. 

Italian Antipasti

No wedding meal in Italy is complete without a specialty appetizer dish. Appetizers are generally served one after the other and are of both hot and cold varieties. Think delicious canapes and a selection of cured meats with sautéed vegetables. Some favorites for an antipasti dish (appetizer dish) are prosciutto, salami, toasted garlic bread, or bread with different toppings and a selection of cheeses. 

As any traveling enthusiast would know, Italians love their cheese. For an antipasti dish (which translates to ‘before the meal dish’), having a few different types of cheese available in tiny bite-sized portions can get the taste buds primed for the later dishes. Parmesan, mozzarella and pecorino are some cheese varieties that perform well in this format. Doing grazing platters with a bit of fruit is also great for a drinks hour or pre-meal cocktails. Don’t forget to include a Prosecco or another suitable drink with these antipasti dishes

Italian "antipasti" appetisers with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil
David Bastianoni Studio 

First Course 

The first course, called the primo piatto, is a dish usually chosen for both its delicate flavors and substance, and a typical Italian wedding menu has to feature a pasta dish or sometimes several. Linguine, Penne, Paccheri, Fusilli, Gnocchi, ravioli, and tortellini are all Italian wedding favourites that can have endless flavorful toppings, sometimes with different options for each entrée! Unlike the drinks or the smaller appetizers served at cocktail hour, the first course is done formally inside the reception hall, so sizeable portions are used instead of smaller ones. 

The pasta course might involve more than one course as guests may be made to sample different pasta specialties. Pasta is thought to have the same base regardless of the dish, but that is only partially true. The style and type of pasta, the ingredients it is prepared from, the sauces used to flavor it, and so forth all contribute to a sheer variety of tastes that can be employed in an exquisite Italian wedding reception menu. 

The Second Course

The second course is a delight for food connoisseurs because it features meat and fish options such as beef, mutton, fowl, or lamb. In an Italian menu for weddings, chicken is rarely preferred as a second-course ingredient. Instead, Manzo beef dishes are typically chosen, especially with a side of roasted vegetables. Pork or Maiale is a secondary favorite, along with lamb, fish, and a considerable assortment of side dishes. For an added sophisticated touch, consider serving white wine like Vino Bianco, but red wine should still be present if any guests prefer it. 

Don’t Forget The Dolci! 

Dolci is the darling of the Italian wedding menu because all Italians love desserts. On the occasion of weddings, one dessert simply won’t do, and an assortment is typically required. Panna Cotta is a crowd-pleaser and should always be one of the desserts on offer as it can always be paired with different flavourings, from coffee to raspberry syrup. Gelato and other Italian ice cream varieties are great for receptions where many children are expected to attend. 

To up the ante, consider the Italianized French dessert Millefoglie which is a delicious, mouth-watering cream cake. The dessert is prepared by piling on layers of cream pastry one after the other until a towering dessert is created. Mille means ‘thousand’ in French, and the dessert gets its name from its layered appearance. It is the dessert equivalent of white cake! 

Muscat Moscato is the perfect wine to serve with an Italian wedding reception menu because it compliments many naturally occurring flavours in Italian dishes and desserts. 

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Torta Nuziale 

The wedding cake is a focal point of the reception dinner, and for that reason, the cake is a showstopper and therefore needs to be spectacular with an almost grandiose element to it. 

While some Italian wedding cakes are single-tier white cake varieties decorated with fruits and berries, the more magnificent ones can be multiple tiers covered with cream, bohemian flower decorations, embossing, and whipped cream. In addition, sugared almonds are often placed on top of cakes since they are a much-loved traditional delicacy. 

torta nunziale for wedding menu
David Bastianoni Studio 

An Example Of A Traditional Italian Wedding Menu 

This sample of an Italian wedding menu provides specific options for each expected course in the wedding meal. Any or all of the options can be swapped for your favorites or dishes you prefer within the general type. 


Appetisers with canapès and voulo vant with veggies
David Bastianoni Studio 


Italian chef is cutting prestogious raw ham for the wedding menu
David Bastianoni Studio 

First Course

Scialatielli pasta is one of the many options, as Italian cuisine features as many or more than 350 types! In addition, vegetarian pasta can be an added variety for your vegan and vegetarian guests. 

Main Or Second Course 

Dolci Course

italian chef is decorating a wedding cake
David Bastianoni Studio 

Formal Or Informal Italian Wedding Menus

Couples can choose between a more formal dinner and a buffet-style dinner which offers an opportunity for guests to serve themselves from an impressive display. An Italian wedding buffet menu will still consist of the hour-long cocktail hour, after which the reception hall will be opened. 

A few appetizers will be served in a more formal dinner setting, followed by more than one option in the second and main courses. The buffet style enables the food items to be laid out so that none is compulsory, and guests can pick and choose according to preference, especially if some are vegan or vegetarian. 

In a formal dinner setting, lemon sorbet is typically served between courses to cleanse the palette and prepare it for the next bombardment of flavors. With a dessert buffet in an Italian family style wedding menu, everything from cake and fruits is served, and there might even be a gelato cart if the wedding is not strictly adhering to tradition. At the end of the meal, more wine may be needed or a round of expresso coffee. The style of the meal and its planning depends entirely on the couple’s preference and the overarching theme of the wedding. 

glass pyramid with champagne waterfall
David Bastianoni Studio 

Remember Dietary Restrictions 

To avoid mishaps on the wedding day, ensure you have correctly labeled the food items (especially if there is a buffet) so that guests with specific food allergies know which items to avoid. The same note can be added to the sit-down meal. With a buffet-style menu for the wedding dinner, it is easier to make a special allowance for vegans and other picky eaters by having signage. 


Once the dancing gets underway in the later hours of the evening, you will find your guests need to be topped up on drinks and food. So have some bruschetta, rolls, or mini-pizzas ready as dance fuel! You can also have drinks served as the later hours roll around, even if there isn’t a plan for an after-party. 

For the older guests who are less likely to dance, you can have coffee ready and even re-serve the appetizers if necessary. As the night wears on, guests will want cake or snack options to replenish their energy to keep the festivities going strong. Fritturas are a perfect snack as they are fried vegetables, fish, or leaves, ideal for healthy munching.  

Under the Tuscan sun, eating is a way of life, which is why so many enthusiastic brides and grooms pick Italy for their destination wedding. In Italy, eating is a reason to celebrate every day; yet, at weddings, food takes center stage. Just keep in mind that the matching of the courses is everything.

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