Italian starter recipes

Crostini, breadsticks and arancini are just a few of the Italian starters we love so much. Find them all in this stunning collection, or check out the rest of our Italian recipes to complete your meal.

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Grilled aubergine salad

Aubergine recipes

Grilled aubergine salad

It doesn’t get much easier than Angela Hartnett’s grilled aubergine salad, served with shavings of...

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Griddled octopus with potatoes and olives

Italian starter recipes

Griddled octopus with potatoes and olives

Serve up Angela Hartnett’s octopus and potato starter as part of a big summer spread....

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Peppers with roasted garlic, anchovies and basil

Italian starter recipes

Peppers with roasted garlic, anchovies and basil

A stunning Italian starter by Angela Hartnett featuring sweet roasted red peppers, salty anchovies, roasted...

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Vitello Tonnato (sliced veal antipasto)

Italian starter recipes

Vitello Tonnato (sliced veal antipasto)

Vitello tonnato – a dish of cold, sliced veal originating from Piedmont – makes an...

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Baked figs with blue cheese and balsamic

Fig recipes

Baked figs with blue cheese and balsamic

A simple starter consisting of sweet figs wrapped in salty parma ham, topped with blue...

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Focaccia pugliese with fresh tomatoes

Focaccia recipes

Focaccia pugliese with fresh tomatoes

This gorgeous focaccia pugliese recipe is brought to you by Italian food blogger Chiara Lancia. The...

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Baked ‘nduja and burrata dip with olive breadsticks

Italian starter recipes

Baked ‘nduja and burrata dip with olive breadsticks

Our ‘nduja and burrata dip is easy to make so, if you don’t have time...

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Burrata with balsamic strawberries

Strawberry recipes

Burrata with balsamic strawberries

A five-minute and five-ingredient starter recipe made with gorgeously creamy burrata cheese and sweet summer...

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Gnudi with fried sage, hazelnuts and jerusalem artichoke crisps

Vegetarian starter recipes

Gnudi with fried sage, hazelnuts and jerusalem artichoke...

You’ve heard of gnocchi but have you ever tried gnudi? They are little dumplings made...

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Pancetta-wrapped halloumi fries with smoky chilli tomato relish

Italian starter recipes

Pancetta-wrapped halloumi fries with smoky chilli tomato relish

Possibly the ultimate crowd-pleasing nibble, these pancetta-wrapped halloumi fries are served with a smoky tomato...

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White bean crostini with anchovy and lemon salsa

Crostini recipes

White bean crostini with anchovy and lemon salsa

London’s vibrant Flat Iron Square in SE1 is home to a clutch of independent restaurants,...

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Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Italian starter recipes

Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Crispy arancini risotto balls with a soft and gooey mozzarella, pancetta and watercress centre. The...

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Bagna cauda (anchovy and garlic sauce)

Italian starter recipes

Bagna cauda (anchovy and garlic sauce)

Italian food blogger Carolina Stupino shares her recipe for this creamy dipping sauce that is...

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Tomato and burrata salad with basil oil

Vegetarian starter recipes

Tomato and burrata salad with basil oil

The beauty of Italian cooking lies in its simplicity and use of quality ingredients; this...

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Russell’s asparagus, gorgonzola, walnut and mint bruschetta

Asparagus recipes

Russell’s asparagus, gorgonzola, walnut and mint bruschetta

Food writer Russell Norman finds his inspiration in Italy’s beautiful cities and this bruschetta recipe,...

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Theo Randall’s focaccia with pesto and vine tomatoes

Focaccia recipes

Theo Randall’s focaccia with pesto and vine tomatoes

This fluffy focaccia recipe, made with vine tomatoes and fresh pesto, is a staple in...

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Grilled peach panzanella, toasted almonds and burrata

Peach recipes

Grilled peach panzanella, toasted almonds and burrata

Sweet peaches, toasted almonds and creamy burrata go into this gorgeous panzanella salad recipe. Easy-to-make...

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Burrata with sticky roasted tomatoes, pine nuts and basil

Tomato recipes

Burrata with sticky roasted tomatoes, pine nuts and...

Roasted tomatoes and a gorgeous ball of fresh, creamy burrata cheese is the taste of...

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Roast grape, balsamic and radicchio spelt pizzas

Pizza recipes

Roast grape, balsamic and radicchio spelt pizzas

Making your own pizza from scratch takes a little bit longer, but is more than...

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Arancini cakes

Arancini cakes

It only takes 15 minutes to turn cold, leftover risotto into these easy Italian-style arancini...

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Sardines al saor

Sardine recipes

Sardines al saor

Grilled sardines, caramelised onions and toasted pine nuts are ready to be scooped up with...

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Stracciatella soup

Italian starter recipes

Stracciatella soup

Fresh parsley and lemon add extra zing to flavoursome chicken stock to produce a simple...

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Piedmontese-style peppers

Pepper recipes

Piedmontese-style peppers

Adding torn ciabatta to this Mediterranean-style filling of anchovies, olives and artichokes means it soaks...

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Antonio Carluccio’s caponata Siciliana (Sicilian vegetable stew)

Italian starter recipes

Antonio Carluccio’s caponata Siciliana (Sicilian vegetable stew)

Antonio’s caponata is representative of the wonderful vegetables and flavours of Sicily. This vegetarian recipe...

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