Favorite Italian Finger And Party Foods

Italy has a long tradition of finger foods, tasty morsels to grab on the go: Arancini, panelle, calzoni, frittelle, or any number of things. These finger foods also make great party foods, while the many spreads and toppings people put on crostini (toasted bread) also make great dips.

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    Arancini di Riso

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    Arancini di riso are balls of rice, filled with a filling, rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried until golden. Street food of the highest order, and as infinitely variable as the fillings that go into them.

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    Mini calzone, closed pizza, and Italian pastry

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    A true calzone is a pizza folded over, so the topping becomes a filling, and is usually baked. These are smaller, fried, and will work nicely as antipasti or party food.

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    Frittelle di Lenticchie

    Green lentils corn pepper fritters

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    Lentil fritters are street food, the sort of thing one might buy in a friggitoria where they fry things up to order for passers-by. They'll also be a very tasty snack or party food, and will work nicely as antipasti or in a platter of mixed fried foods.

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    Frittelle di Mortadella e Grana Padano

    Cheese pancakes

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    These cheesy mortadella fritters will vanish.

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    Cozze Impanate, or Breaded Mussels

    Breaded mussels

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    You'll want to keep these tasty morsels warm, and your guests will probably clamor for more.

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    Pomodori Secchi Fritti

    Dried tomato

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    Dried tomatoes are quite common in southern Italy, and are enjoyed both as antipasti or snack foods and as ingredients. Trapanesi gives them a delightful added twist.

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    Gorgonzola in Crema

    Cheese sauce

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    Gorgonzola is a wonderful cheese and is also a fantastic base for a dip.

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    Spuma di Prosciutto

    Mortadella bologna pink mousse on bread slices

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    This is a delicate spread for crostini, made with prosciutto cotto—cooked ham. In addition to being a tasty antipasto (on the crostini), it will also be a nice dip at parties.

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    Sedanini alla Spuma di Formaggio

    Penne pasta, thick creamy gorgonzola sauce, in white ceramic bowl

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    Celery is the perfect party vegetable because you can fill the hollow with a dip or spread. Here's a cheesy cream foam.

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    Crostini di Tonno

    Sandwich with tuna, soft cheese and green onion

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    These crostini are a disarmingly simple antipasto. However, if you use good tuna, you'll find yourself needing quite a bit of this pate, and it will also be a hit as a dip at parties.