Italian Hors d’oeuvres That Guests Love and Crave

Who doesn’t love a good Italian bite? There’s something extremely comforting about this European cuisine, which is why it’s such a fan-favorite. Delicious cheeses, sweet tomatoes, an array of pasta and the best bread around; our favorite ingredients come to play in this scrumptious genre. And that’s reason enough to serve these up at your wedding reception!

If you’ve decided to have a break between the ceremony and reception, you’ll need a sip and a bit or two to calm your guests and get them warmed up for the party. A vegetarian option, something to curb a savory craving and a choice with a bit of protein too, have your loved ones nibbling on a little bit of everything before they hit the dance floor. Fortunately, Italian cuisine gives us a host of great options.

Are you stumped at what kind of “wedding food” to pass out at cocktail hour or at the afterparty? Let’s take a quick look at 5 yummy ideas that would be great for serving up before and during the big celebration.

10 Italian Hors D'oeuvres That Guests Love

Roasted Red Pepper & Ricotta Crostini 

Italian hors d'oeuvres

Tangy and creamy, this flavor duo is the perfect quick bite to get everyone’s taste buds ready for the night. A crunchy crostini topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and a roasted red pepper, it looks beautiful in presentation too. Just garnish with some fresh basil and cracked pepper!

Pepperoni Caprese Bites

Italian Wedding Appetizers

An incredibly easy appetizer to pull together, this quick bite is full of flavor and Italian charm. You can even make this another vegetarian option by pulling the pepperoni and keeping with the traditional ingredients of a caprese salad.

Risotto Balls w/ Goat Cheese

Wedding Day Italian Appetizers

A rich, creamy and satisfying taste, this unique combination of flavors will be the hit of the party. Add some cranberry inside for a sweet contrast and cover with some goat cheese fondue for a comforting punch.

Fried Ravioli 

Wedding Italian Appetizer

Crisp and crunchy, this may be a bite your guests have had before, but they’ll still love every minute of it. Make sure you finish off the taste with some fresh Parmesan and also some marinara for a quick dip!

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Wedding Italian Appetizer


Everyone enjoys a good meatball, but everyone falls in love with a meatball stuffed with ooey gooey, melted mozzarella. And that’s what these little bites are, stuffed to perfection as a delicious Italian-styled treat.