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75 Best Italian Potluck Recipes

75 Best Italian Potluck Recipes

These Italian potluck recipes are bursting with authentic flavors! Explore our top-10 recipe picks, along with some fun Italian-themed game ideas to spice up your potluck.

Rooted in tradition, Italian cooking is renowned for its emphasis on fresh, high-quality ingredients, simple yet flavorful preparations, and a strong sense of community that is reflected in the concept of a potluck.

The essence of an Italian potluck lies in the shared experience of bringing dishes to the table, representing Italy’s heart and soul. Guests are encouraged to contribute their favorite Italian recipes, whether they be time-honored family secrets or modern twists on classic dishes. This results in a vibrant tapestry of flavors, textures, and aromas that pay homage to Italy’s culinary heritage.

If you find yourself invited to an Italian potluck and are unsure about what to contribute to the event, or if you’re just craving some authentic Italian flavors, consider this list of the best Italian potluck recipes:

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Top Recipe Picks

No time to lose? Let’s make it quick. Here are the faves:

  • #8 Mini Calzones requires a few simple steps, making it beginner-friendly. 
  • #13 Spanakopita Triangles are light and flaky, thanks to the phyllo dough. 
  • #17 Caprese Salad includes a balsamic vinegar reduction for a richer taste. 
  • Dunk some pita chips into #24 Spinach Artichoke Dip to soak up the flavors. 
  • #29 Roasted Veggie Platter is best served with homemade tahini sauce. 
  • Every bite of #37 Caprese Stuffed Chicken is bursting with summer flavor. 
  • #42 Cheese Manicotti calls for fresh ingredients and no boxed pasta or sauces. 
  • #50 Penne Alla Vodka can be tweaked to your taste by adding herbs and spices.
  • #61 Ricotta Cheesecake features three ingredients, yet the results are amazing.
  • #68 Pistachio Semifreddo can be made in advance, making it a convenient dessert.

Best Italian Potluck Recipes

1. Bruschetta Recipe

This bruschetta recipe features a combination of sweet, savory, and acidic. The tomatoes are the star of the show, and the acidity of the balsamic vinegar balances their sweet taste. 

Ingredients include: Olive oil, garlic cloves, Roma tomatoes, basil, and balsamic vinegar.

2. Caprese Salad Skewers

These Caprese Salad Skewers are bursting with fresh, bright, and savory flavors. The key is to use the best quality mozzarella balls you can find and avoid pre-packaged ones, as they’re often dry and flavorless. 

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, mozarella balls, and olive oil.

3. Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipe combines earthy mushrooms with a tasty blend of Italian flavors. The mushrooms are stuffed with a savory filling and baked until golden brown and bubbly. 

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Ingredients include: Cremini mushrooms, Italian style breadcrumbs, Parmesan, garlic, and parsley.

4. Arancini

These indulgent morsels feature the comforting creamy note of risotto with the satisfying crunch of a perfectly fried exterior. They’re filled with a savory surprise, thanks to tomato sauce and ground beef. 

Ingredients include: Yellow onion, carrot, ground beef, tomato sauce, and white sugar.

5. Prosciutto-Wrapped Cantaloupe With Balsamic

This easy yet elegant appetizer combines the sweet, juicy flavor of cantaloupe with the salty, savory flavor of prosciutto. It’s then finished with a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic glaze.

Ingredients include: Cantaloupe, prosciutto, and balsamic glaze.

6. Antipasto Platter

This Antipasto Platter is laden with Mediterranean flavors and is visually stunning. It can be customized to your liking, so add your favorite cured meats, cheeses, and vegetables.

Ingredients include: Pepperoni, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, crostini, and parsley.

7. Pesto Polenta Bites With Tomato Bruschetta

These bites are then cut into small squares and brushed with olive oil before being broiled until golden brown. To assemble, top each polenta piece with tomato bruschetta and pesto sauce.

Ingredients include: Polenta rolle, basil pesto, garlic clove, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.

8. Mini Calzones

These savory delights are stuffed with salami-based fillings and sealed within the golden, flaky dough. Be sure to cut steam vents in the top of the calzones before baking, preventing the dough from getting soggy.

Ingredients include: Ball pizza dough, provolone, salami, ricotta cheese, and Italian seasoning.

9. Goat Cheese, Honey & Fruit Crostini

Goat Cheese, Honey & Fruit Crostini is a scrumptious appetizer that can be made in 30 minutes. Simply toast some bread with goat cheese and honey, and top it with your favorite fruit. 

Ingredients include: French baguette, goat cheese, honey, and fruits.

10. Eggplant Parmesan Bites

This recipe features crispy eggplant slices coated in a golden breadcrumb crust, served with rich marinara sauce and garnished with fresh parsley. Every bite is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

Ingredients include: Eggplants, Parmesan, eggs, all-purpose flour, and marinara sauce.

11. Mozzarella Sticks

Crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, these mozzarella sticks are a crowd-pleaser. The sticks are first coated in flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs, then deep-fried to perfection. 

Ingredients include: Panko, Italian seasoning, parsley, garlic powder, and mozzarella block. 

12. Pesto Palmiers

Made with a flaky puff pastry dough and pesto, these palmiers are simply irresistible. Simply spread vegan pesto on puff pastry, roll it up, and bake until golden brown.

Ingredients include: Puff pastry dough and pesto.

13. Spanakopita Triangles

These delectable treats feature a delicate and flaky phyllo pastry, generously filled with a savory blend of three cheeses and spinach. Just ensure that the spinach is dry before adding to the filling. 

Ingredients include: Spinach, feta cheese, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, and shallot.

14. Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders

These sliders are baked until browned on the outside but still juicy on the inside. The use of Hawaiian rolls instead of traditional slider buns adds a sweet taste that complements the savory flavors of the meatballs and marinara sauce.

Ingredients include: Hawaiian sweet rolls, butter, parsley, mozzarella cheese, and egg.

15. Fried Zucchini Blossoms

This dish features delicate zucchini blossoms coated in a light, crispy batter and fried to golden perfection. Serve with a dipping sauce, such as marinara or pesto.

Ingredients include: Flour, salt, water, milk, and zucchini blossoms.

16. Stuffed Cherry Peppers

These peppers are roasted until tender, then filled with the creamy mixture and baked until heated through. They’re great for potluck and can be made ahead of time. 

Ingredients include: Pickled cherry peppers, canned tuna, capers, olive oil, and Italian parsley.

17. Caprese Salad

Bursting with vibrant colors and fresh ingredients, this dish is simple to make but packed with flavor. The olive oil and balsamic vinegar reduction help to bring all the ingredients together.

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, mozzarella ball, basil, olive oil, and balsamic reduction.

18. Grilled Zucchini With Parmesan

This recipe is a quick way to enjoy the fresh flavors of summer. The zucchini is grilled until tender and smoky, then tossed with a balsamic glaze and Parmesan cheese. 

Ingredients include: Zucchini, olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, and Italian seasoning.

19. Italian Pasta Salad

This salad captures the true essence of Italian cuisine in every delicious bite. The secret is the simple dressing that’s packed with Italian flavor and perfectly complements the other ingredients in the salad.

Ingredients include: Rotini pasta, mozzarella cheese pearls, salami, black olives, and red onion.

20. Garlic Bread

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you’ll create golden, buttery slices of bread infused with aromatic garlic and fresh herbs. It’s excellent for dipping in soup or serving alongside a pasta dish. 

Ingredients include: Baguette, butter, garlic, garlic powder, and parsley.

21. Classic Eggplant Parmesan

This hearty Italian dish layers eggplant coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, then baked in a rich marinara sauce. The option to bake or fry the eggplant allows you to choose the cooking method that best suits your preference. 

Ingredients include: Eggplants, all-purpose flour, eggs, Italian herb blend, and olive oil.

22. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy and flavorful mashed potatoes are made with roasted garlic for a delicious twist. Start by roasting a garlic head, mashing it with cooked potatoes and other ingredients, then serve. 

Ingredients include: Garlic head, olive oil, Russet potatoes, butter, and milk.

23. Cannellini Bean Salad

This salad is made with canned cannellini beans, which are rinsed and drained to remove any excess sodium. They’re combined with the other ingredients and seasoned with red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. 

Ingredients include: Cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, red wine vinegar, and salt.

24. Spinach Artichoke Dip

The dip is baked until hot and bubbly, creating a crispy, golden crust on top. The addition of Italian cheeses infuses the dip with a savory depth, elevating it beyond the typical version.

Ingredients include: Artichoke hearts, green onions, garlic cloves, cream cheese, and sour cream.

25. Focaccia Bread

This focaccia bread recipe requires no kneading. The dough is simply mixed together, then refrigerated overnight for a flavorful rise. This slow-rise process results in light and airy bread with a chewy crust. 

Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, instant yeast, water, butter, and Italian seasoning.

26. Creamy Parmesan Risotto

This Creamy Parmesan Risotto requires constant stirring to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The key to its creamy texture is to use the right amount of stock and to add it slowly, a little at a time.

Ingredients include: Chicken stock, Arborio rice, butter, pepper, and Parmesan. 

27. Italian Sautéed Baby Spinach

This side dish showcases vibrant baby spinach sautéed to perfection with red pepper flakes and olive oil. The garlic adds a touch of savory flavor, while the Parmesan cheese provides a nutty finish.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, garlic cloves, red chili pepper flakes, and baby spinach. 

28. Gnocchi In Basil Pesto

This dish is ideal for a weeknight meal. The light and flavorful pesto sauce pairs perfectly with the soft and pillowy gnocchi. It’s garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for an extra touch of flavor.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, potato gnocchi, basil pesto, sundried tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese. 

29. Roasted Veggie Platter

This platter features various colorful vegetables roasted until tender and slightly crispy. Make sure to cut the veggies uniformly so that they cook evenly. 

Ingredients include: Pepper, zucchini, squash, eggplant, mushrooms, and salt.

30. Roasted Broccoli Rabe

This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and can be ready in just 10 minutes. The bright flavors of the orange and red pepper flakes perfectly complement the bitter flavor of the broccoli rabe. 

Ingredients include: Rapini, olive oil, sesame oil, orange zest, and red pepper flakes.

31. Garlic Butter Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

This dish is ready in just 15 minutes and will be a hit with everyone at the table. It showcases tender asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto and roasted until crispy, then tossed in a garlic butter sauce. 

Ingredients include: Butter, garlic, and asparagus spears.

32. Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

This twist on the classic Caprese salad features roasted cherry tomatoes, which gives it a deeper flavor. The salty mozzarella and fresh basil perfectly balance the sweet taste of tomatoes. 

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, garlic cloves, sugar, mozzarella ball, and basil.

33. Italian Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe blends Italian flavors with the rich essence of roasted cauliflower. It uses simple ingredients like cauliflower, tomato paste, and Parmesan cheese and roasted until tender-crisp and darkened in spots. 

Ingredients include: Tomato paste, Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese, oregano, and cauliflower.

34. Grilled Eggplant

This recipe calls for thinly sliced eggplant that’s grilled until tender and slightly charred then brushed with a simple marinade. It can be enjoyed alone or as part of a larger meal. 

Ingredients include: Eggplant, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, and salt.

35. Roasted Beet & Warm Goat Cheese Salad

This Roasted Beet & Warm Goat Cheese Salad recipe is a great way to enjoy the flavors of spring. The roasted beets are sweet and earthy, while the goat cheese is creamy and tangy. 

Ingredients include: Goat cheese, baby greens, radishes, cucumber, and toasted almonds.

36. Lasagna

This classic Italian dish layers delicate pasta sheets, rich tomato sauce, savory ground meat, and luscious layers of parmesan and mozzarella. The key is to use high-quality ingredients and to assemble the dish carefully.

Ingredients include: Yellow onion, garlic cloves, tomato puree, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce.

37. Caprese Stuffed Chicken

This chicken dish is stuffed with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, then pan-seared and baked until golden brown and cooked through. The cooked chicken is finished with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. 

Ingredients include: Chicken breasts, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil, and oregano.

38.  White Bean Stew

This hearty stew highlights the combination of white beans and leek. The bread is added to the soup at the end of cooking so it doesn’t get soggy. This gives the soup a thicker, heartier texture.

Ingredients include: White beans, leek, carrot, celery stalk, and rosemary.

39. Calamari Fra Diavolo

This recipe balances heat and zest, as the calamari’s delicate taste harmonizes with the vibrant red pepper flakes and garlic-infused sauce. Serve it as a main course with pasta or as a side dish with crusty bread.

Ingredients include: Calamari tubes, olive oil, garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes, Italian parsley. 

40. Chicken Diavola

Chicken Diavola is a spicy Italian dish of chicken breast coated in a fiery sauce. It’s then grilled until cooked through and served with a side of pasta or salad.

Ingredients include: Chicken breasts, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, dry red wine, and basil.

41. Beef Braciole (Involtini)

Beef Braciole (Involtini) includes thin slices of beef pounded thin, stuffed with a parmesan mixture. The meat is then rolled up and braised in a tomato sauce, which can be made from canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes.

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, sirloin roast, bread crumbs, Parmesan, and white wine.

42. Cheese Manicotti

These pasta tubes filled with a creamy ricotta cheese mixture and baked in a flavorful marinara sauce. The filling contributes a creamy and luscious interior that contrasts beautifully with the slightly chewy pasta exterior.

Ingredients include: Manicotti, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, and Italian seasoning.

43. Porchetta

This authentic Italian dish features pork belly that’s stuffed with herbs and spices and rolled up into a spiral. It’s slow-roasted to perfection until the skin is crispy and the meat is tender and juicy.

Ingredients include: Pork belly, fennel seeds, chili flakes, orange zest, and olive oil.

44. Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish of tender chicken braised in a rich tomato sauce with mushrooms, olives, capers, and rosemary. It can be served on its own or with crusty bread, pasta, or cooked rice

Ingredients include: Chicken thighs, yellow onion, mushrooms, garlic cloves, and bell pepper. 

45. Veal Saltimbocca

This savory masterpiece showcases ender veal cutlets wrapped in aromatic sage and velvety prosciutto. It’s then cooked to golden perfection and bathed in a yummy white wine sauce. 

Ingredients include: Veal cutlets, all-purpose flour, prosciutto, sage, and white wine.

46. Shrimp Scampi

This Shrimp Scampi is a balance between the sweet flavor of shrimp and the tangy, aromatic essence of the Mediterranean-inspired sauce. The seafood-based dish is served hot, with grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. 

Ingredients include: Spaghetti, shrimp, butter, asparagus, and grape tomatoes.

47. Baked Ziti

This comforting Baked Ziti recipe is easy, but it does require some time and patience. The most important step is to cook the pasta al dente so it doesn’t become mushy when baked.

Ingredients include: Italian sausage, marinara sauce, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and ziti pasta.

48. Fettuccine Alfredo

This Italian recipe boasts silky fettuccine noodles combined with a luscious blend of butter, cream, and parmesan. The heavy cream can be adjusted to taste, but using enough cream creates a rich and creamy finish. 

Ingredients include: Fettuccine noodles, egg yolk, heavy cream, butter, and garlic.

49. Osso Bucco (Braised Beef Shanks Recipe)

This recipe for Osso Bucco (Braised Beef Shanks) highlights slowly braised beef shanks in a flavorful tomato sauce. The key to this dish is to brown the shanks well before braising so that they develop a rich, caramelized crust.

Ingredients include: Beef shanks, butter, garlic, white onion, and carrots.

50. Penne Alla Vodka

This Penne Alla Vodka has a complex blend of sweet, tangy and savory flavor. The vodka adds a sweet note, which helps to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes, while the heavy cream rounds out the flavors. 

Ingredients include: Yellow onion, garlic, vodka, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning.

51. Veal Saltimbocca

This Italian entree embodies a harmonious blend of textures and flavors, featuring succulent veal cutlets wrapped in prosciutto and sauteed to golden perfection. To cook the veal evenly, pound the cutlets to make them thinner. 

Ingredients include: Veal, prosciutto, mushrooms, baby spinach, and chicken stock. 

52. Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian dish of chicken breast cooked in a sauce made with Marsala wine, mushrooms, and cream. It’s made with readily available ingredients and can be prepared in just 30 minutes. 

Ingredients include: Chicken breasts, flour, shallots, chestnut mushrooms, and marsala wine.

53. Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

This dish is a great option for those looking for a meatless meal. The flavors are well-balanced, with the creamy ricotta cheese and tangy marinara sauce perfectly complementing the spinach.

Ingredients include: Pasta shells, garlic, spinach, ricotta cheese, and egg. 

54. Tuscan Ribollita Soup

This rustic Italian soup is a good way to use up leftover vegetables and meat. It’s important to simmer it so that the beans and vegetables are soft and tender. 

Ingredients include: Onion, leek, carrot, celery, vegetable stock, and cannellini beans. 

55. Tiramisu

This rich dessert includes basic ingredients, but the blend of flavors is top-notch. The ladyfingers are soaked in coffee, giving them a slightly bitter flavor balanced by sweet mascarpone cheese and whipped cream.

Ingredients include: Heavy whipping cream, espresso, mascarpone cheese, lady fingers, and cocoa powder.

56. Cannoli

This Sicilian pastry highlights fried pastry shells filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta cheese filling. The delectable bites are often garnished with chocolate chips, sprinkles, or candied fruit. 

Ingredients include: Ricotta cheese, whole milk, sugar, cornstarch, cake flour, white wine. 

57. Panna Cotta

The key to making this Panna Cotta is to use high-quality ingredients and to let it set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Its creamy texture and the subtle vanilla flavor are irresistible. 

Ingredients include: Half and half, honey, salt, vanilla bean paste, and heavy cream. 

58. Gelato

This gelato recipe uses fresh, high-quality ingredients and is churned at a slower speed than ice cream. This results in a smoother, creamier texture and a more intense flavor. 

Ingredients include: Egg yolks, granulated sugar, whole milk, and heavy cream.

59. Affogato

This Italian dessert pairs smooth espresso with creamy vanilla ice cream, creating a decadent treat that you can customize in many delicious ways. The flaky sea salt garnish helps bring out the sweet taste of the ice cream. 

Ingredients include: Vanilla ice cream, hot espresso, and salt.

60. Zeppole

These yummy treats are fried in hot oil, giving them their signature crispy exterior. They offer the perfect canvas for a delectable array of toppings such as Nutella, powdered sugar, or other sweets. 

Ingredients include: Whole milk, active yeast, 00 flour, lemon zest, and eggs. 

61. Ricotta Cheesecake

Made with just three ingredients, this popular Italian delight is light and creamy, with a hint of sweet flavor. It’s important not to overbeat the batter as this makes the cheesecake tough. 

Ingredients include: Ricotta cheese, confectioner’s sugar, eggs, and orange zest.

62. Sfogliatelle

This crispy, multi-layered delicacy is flaky and filled with sweet ricotta cheese and semolina custard. It’s known for its sweet flavor and is often topped with confectioners’ sugar or powdered sugar. 

Ingredients include: Flour, honey, whole milk, ricotta, and vanilla extract.

63. Panettone Bread Pudding

This pudding features bread toasted until golden brown, then soaked in a creamy custard. The custard-soaked bread is then baked in caramelized butter and brown sugar sauce until golden brown and the custard is set.

Ingredients include: Panettone, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. 

64. Nutella Berry Filled Waffle Cookies (Pizzelle)

These cookies blend sweet and fruity flavors! Whip up the batter, cook the cookies in a pizzelle iron, and fill them with Nutella and berries, and you’re done. 

Ingredients include: Nutella, eggs, waffle cookies, berries, and whipped cream. 

65. Ciambellone Ring Cake

This simple cake uses a few basic ingredients but is full of flavor. It’s flavored with orange or lemon zest, but feel free to experiment with other flavors, such as vanilla or almond. 

Ingredients include: Eggs, all-purpose flour, vegetable oil, baking powder, and butter.

66. Torrone (Italian Nougat Candy)

Every bite of this Italian nougat candy is light and chewy, with a slightly crunchy texture from the roasted nuts. The honey offers a sweet and floral flavor, while the sugar helps to bind the ingredients together. 

Ingredients include: Wafer paper, honey, eggs, almonds, and lemon oil. 

67. Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

This torte is made with layers of rich chocolate cake and hazelnut cream, topped with a chocolate ganache glaze. The secret ingredient is hazelnut oil, which adds a deep flavor and helps to keep the cake moist and tender. 

Ingredients include: Eggs, orange zest, ground cinnamon, cream of tarter, and heavy whipping cream.

68. Pistachio Semifreddo

This treat will impress everyone with its velvety-smooth texture and irresistible balance of sweet and nutty flavors. It’s like ice cream, but lighter and fluffier because it’s not churned.

Ingredients include: Shelled pistachios, sugar, egg whites, heavy cream, and dark chocolate.

69. Limoncello Cake

This dessert blends the bright and tangy taste of lemons with a hint of Limoncello liqueur. With its soft layers and smooth frosting, this cake brings a delicious burst of citrus flavors perfect for a special gathering. 

Ingredients include: Cream cheese, butter, sugar, cake flour, and milk. 

70. Salted Caramel Budino

This luscious Italian pudding marries velvety caramel with a delicate touch of salt. Every bite features rich, creamy textures with a balanced sweet-savory flavor. 

Ingredients include: Water, whole milk, cornstarch, egg yolks, and vanilla bean.

71. Aperol Spritz

With its vibrant hue and balanced flavors, this Aperol Spritz is sure to become a favorite. The prosecco provides the fizz, the Aperol adds a bitter orange flavor, and the soda water balances it out. Make this into a pitcher to share, but let everyone know it’s an alcoholic beverage.

Ingredients include: Aperol, dry Prosecco, club soda, and orange slice.

72. Italian Soda

Italian soda is a refreshing, non-alcoholic drink that mixes carbonated water, flavored syrup, and cream. Combine your favorite syrup with club soda and ice, then top with whipped cream and a cherry. Make a batch to share with all the party goers. Don’t forget the red solo cups.

Ingredients include: Torani syrup, half and half, club soda, whipped cream, and ice. 

73. Negroni

This Negroni recipe has a simple yet balanced combo of three ingredients. The gin provides the base spirit, the Campari imparts a bite note, and the sweet vermouth gives a sweet flavor and complexity. 

Ingredients include: Gin, campari, sweet vermouth, and orange twist. 

74. Peach Bellini

This beverage is a refreshing spin on the classic Peach Bellini. The non-alcoholic version pairs ripe peaches with sparkling apple cider, bringing a summer taste to every sip. 

Ingredients include: Peaches, peach juice, sparkling apple cider, raspberries, and ice. 

75. Limoncello Spritz

This cocktail calls for just three ingredients. The limoncello adds a citrusy flavor, the prosecco provides a bubbly note, and a bit of club soda adds a light and refreshing touch.

Ingredients include: Limoncello, prosecco, club soda, ice, and sprig mint. 

The bottom line

An Italian potluck is a celebration of good food, camaraderie, and the joy of sharing. It’s also an experience that allows participants to come together, bond over their love of Italian cuisine, and create lasting memories. 

From delicious pasta to creamy risottos and more, we hope you find an Italian potluck recipe that you crave. Mangia!

Italian-themed Potluck Games

Here are some popular Italian-themed games that can add some fun to your Italian potluck:

  • Bocce ball. Classic Italian lawn game where players aim to get their balls closest to the pallino.
  • Italian trivia. Test knowledge about Italy’s culture, history, and landmarks in a team-based trivia game.
  • Pasta sculpting. Guests create pasta sculptures using glue and different pasta types.
  • Gelato taste test. Sample and rate various gelato flavors at a tasting station.
  • Italian charades. Act out Italian words, phrases, or famous names in a charades game.
  • Pizza dough tossing. Compete in tossing and shaping pizza dough for prizes.
  • Italian word scramble. Unscramble letters to identify Italian food and culture-related words.
  • Cannoli eating contest. Fastest cannoli-eating challenge without making a mess.
  • Italian bingo. Spot Italian foods, landmarks, and phrases on bingo cards during the event.
  • Italian recipe exchange. Guests share their favorite Italian recipes with others attending.

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75 Best Italian Potluck Recipes

75 Best Italian Potluck Recipes

These best Italian potluck recipes include traditional Italian dishes and creative Italian-inspired treats–from simple bruschetta to boozy limoncello spritz. 


  • Bruschetta Recipe
  • Caprese Salad Skewers
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Arancini
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Cantaloupe with Balsamic
  • Antipasto Platter
  • Pesto Polenta Bites With Tomato Bruschetta
  • Mini Calzones
  • Goat Cheese, Honey & Fruit Crostini
  • Eggplant Parmesan Bites
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Pesto Palmiers
  • Spanakopita Triangles
  • Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders
  • Fried Zucchini Blossoms
  • Stuffed Cherry Peppers
  • Caprese Salad
  • Grilled Zucchini With Parmesan
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Garlic Bread
  • Classic Eggplant Parmesan
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Cannellini Bean Salad
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Focaccia Bread
  • Creamy Parmesan Risotto
  • Italian Sautéed Baby Spinach
  • Gnocchi In Basil Pesto
  • Roasted Veggie Platter
  • Roasted Broccoli Rabe
  • Garlic Butter Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
  • Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
  • Italian Roasted Cauliflower
  • Grilled Eggplant
  • Roasted Beet & Warm Goat Cheese Salad
  • Lasagna
  • Caprese Stuffed Chicken
  • White Bean Stew
  • Calamari Fra Diavolo
  • Chicken Diavola
  • Beef Braciole (Involtini)
  • Cheese Manicotti
  • Porchetta
  • Chicken Cacciatore
  • Veal Saltimbocca With Prosciutto & Sage
  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Baked Ziti
  • Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Osso Bucco (Braised Beef Shanks Recipe)
  • Penne Alla Vodka
  • Veal Saltimbocca
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
  • Tuscan Ribollita Soup
  • Tiramisu
  • Cannoli
  • Panna Cotta
  • Gelato
  • Affogato
  • Zeppole
  • Ricotta Cheesecake
  • Sfogliatelle
  • Panettone Bread Pudding
  • Nutella Berry Filled Waffle Cookies (Pizzelle)
  • Ciambellone Ring Cake
  • Torrone (Italian Nougat Candy)
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Torte
  • Pistachio Semifreddo
  • Limoncello Cake
  • Salted Caramel Budino
  • Aperol Spritz
  • Italian Soda
  • Negroni
  • Peach Bellini
  • Limoncello Spritz


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