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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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
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
These cheesy mortadella fritters will vanish.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Cozze Impanate, or Breaded Mussels
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 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
Gorgonzola is a wonderful cheese and is also a fantastic base for a dip.
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Spuma di Prosciutto
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.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Sedanini alla Spuma di Formaggio
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
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.