Some traditional Italian appetizers include bruschetta pizzaiola, antipasto di ricotta and arugula and roasted fruit salad. This salad includes croutons made from Italian panettone bread, grapes, pears, plums and arugula drizzled with a honey, lemon juice, whipping cream and lemon dressing.
Bruschetta pizzaiola is a traditional Italian appetizer and an easy recipe to make. Combine 1 pint of quartered cherry tomatoes and 1 8-ounce ball of fresh shredded mozzarella cheese in a bowl, and add some olive oil, salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture over toasted baguette slices, and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Another appetizer, antipasto di ricotta, is a dip made from sheep's milk. Season 1 pound of sheep's milk ricotta cheese with lemon zest, salt and pepper. Whisk everything together, then drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil before serving with toasted bread or vegetables.
Insalata caprese is an Italian classic made from tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil. Cut 2 large tomatoes and 2 1-pound mozzarella balls into thick slices. Arrange the slices on a plate in a pattern so that every tomato slice is paired with a mozzarella slice. Sprinkle torn fresh basil and salt over the tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Serve this appetizer by itself or with bread.