From Italian classics to pub food favorites, from seafood appetizers to fritto misto, here are the top 75 appetizers for pizza night! From fancy to casual, light to hearty and everything in between. There are easy, gluten-free, pescatarian and vegan options too. Tuck in and find the perfect pizza appetizers for your party!
Perfect Pizza Dough
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When it doubt, go Italian! These classic Italian appetizers (antipasti) have flavors that pair perfectly with pizza pie. From light melon with prosciutto, warm marinated olives, and eggplant caponata to richer fava bean dip, meatballs and more, these will satisfy any crowd.
Don't forget simple antipasti too. Little nibbles like crumbled chunks of parmesan cheese, mixed olives, or raw veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt elevate a Friday night pizza night. Most of these make great side dishes too.
Appetizers With Prosciutto + Cured Meats
Marinated Olives + Vegetable Appetizers
Rolled + Skewered Appetizers
Italian Platters, Caponata + Fava Beans
Bruschetta + Crostini
Bruschetta and crostini (cute tiny toasts) are the best appetizers and a great way to serve your favorite flavors. Caprese with basil aioli, a meat, olive and mozza combo, sweet figs and blue cheese or rich roasted cherry tomatoes are all fantastic starters for a pizza party.
Light and flavorful, these Italian seafood antipasti add a luxurious element to pizza night. Tasty, bite sized nibbles with briny and bright flavors add elegance and good taste. These are elegant appetizers for pizza parties.
Shrimp + Prawn Appetizers
Antipasti Con Salmone
Scallops, Oysters + Sardine Starters
Fritto misto is a general term for lightly deep fried bites. It can be made from vegetables, meat or seafood and is characterized by a soft, flavorful interior and a shatteringly crisp coating.
This Italian version of tempura and is always a popular appetizer with pizza. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, a sprinkling of sea salt, aioli or marinara sauce. Fritto misto is a special appetizer the entire family will love.
Cheese Filled Fritto
Crispy Fried Veggie Bites
Veggies + Dips
Fresh veggies and dip are always a crowd favorite. A great way to get in your fresh vegetables, these are also great for picky eaters and kids. While you could make the ubiquitous spinach artichoke dip why not make one of these awesome dips for a perfect pizza appetizer.
Spicy + Creative
These pub style favorites and tasty noshes may not be traditional pizza appetizers but they sure are good. If you want a spicy bite with a pre dinner drink or you're serving up an epic game day feast, these are sure to please. Try Jalapeno poppers, eggplant mini pizza bites, Italian flavored nachos or cheese stuffed meat balls for some unexpected fun.
Vegans love pizza too! Vegan cheese has come a long way and that means that no one has to miss out on a great pizza night. Pick from a creamy dip, stuffed mushrooms and more. And don't forget to scan the rest of the list for a few more vegan appetizers that will appeal to everyone. These are great for anyone who wants a healthier option for their pizza appetizers.
No heavy potato salad or pasta salad here (though we won't judge if that's what you like). We're serving up bold and bright, Italian and Mediterranean flavors. These are natural pairings that refresh the palate. Serve them as an appetizer salad at the beginning or serve as a side dish alongside the main pizza meal.
I hope this awesome list of appetizers for pizza has helped you put together the best pizza night. Whether its a cozy night at home with family, a big birthday bash or Super Bowl Sunday, pizza parties are always easy, fun and tasty.
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Cheers friends! Sabrina
Sabrina, this is a wonderful post full of delicious Italian appetizer ideas.
Thank you so much Bernadette 🙂 Cheers my Friend!