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These dinner menu ideas cater to a wide range of tastes, whether you’re cooking for young, picky eaters or looking for some creative 30-minute meals. If you’re looking for recipes that are as simple as they are creative, check out our dinner menu for when You’re Not Sure What to Make!

Dinner Menu Ideas

Appetizers

Your favorite recipes

Bruschetta, toasted garlic bread with basil, EVO & Romano

Fried Calamari

Calamari Fritti  tender calamari, lightly breaded and fried, served with marinara

Carpaccio di Salmone

Carpaccio di Salmone, a “peppery” and slightly spicy arugula, shaved Parmigiano, drizzled with olive oil and lemon

mussels marinara

Mussels Marinara are cooked in a marinara sauce flavored with parsley and garlic.

Mozzarella Caprese

Mozzarella Caprese, also known as Insalata Caprese, is a simple recipe.

Italian Antipasto

Italian Antipasto. This recipe is perfect for an Italian Cold Antipasto party platter.

Sicilian Eggplant Caponata

The Sicilian Eggplant Caponata, a simple pan-fried appetizer or side dish of traditional Sicilian-Palermo cuisine,

Mussels Garlic and Wine

Mussels with Garlic and Wine is a classic Italian dish. So easy to make, you’ll have a great appetizer in no time

Mozzarella in Carrozza

Mozzarella in Carrozza. In Italy mozzarella in Carrozza is a mozzarella stick in sandwich shape

Salads

caesar salad

Caesar salad. A classic Caesar salad is one of the most basic salads accessible

Portobello Salad

Portobello Salad, this flavorful roasted portobello mushroom salad with fresh mozzarella

Arugula Salad

Arugula Salad. When it comes to a simple salad like this arugula Parmesan prosciutto salad,

Pizza

Classic Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza As the birthplace of true pizza, Naples, it should come as no surprise that the Neapolitan style is one of our favorites.

Pasta

baked ziti

Baked Ziti is a popular Italian American baked dish made with ziti or penne pasta and a marinara sauce.

Farfalle Chicken Broccoli

Farfalle Chicken & Broccoli, Grilled Chicken, fresh broccoli, and homemade roasted peppers, sauteed with garlic & olive oil

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. A traditional Italian pasta dish is spaghetti aglio e olio.

Linguine with Clams

Linguine with Clams, tossed in a delicious garlic white wine sauce is an elegant Italian dish that will impress everyone at your table!

Soups

stracciatella soup

Stracciatella Spinach Egg drop soup, with toasted bread and cheese

pasta fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

cannellini beans, bacon & ditalini in a hearty tomato broth

Italian Wedding Soup

Wedding Soup, with tasty little beef-pork meatballs, for a warm bowl of Italian comfort.

Sides

homemade french fries

French Fries. How to make easy, crispy French Fries! restaurant style

Ground Beef Meatballs

Ground Beef Meatballs are saucy, rich, and flavorful, and they’ll be a big hit at your family dinner.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled portobello mushrooms are brushed with a flavorful marinade

Mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are an excellent side dish for meat, fish, or vegetarian main courses like lentils! 

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread recipe is very traditional, with lots of butter and garlic loaded onto warm French bread

Broccoli Rabe

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe. The tender bitter greens are brightened with garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice.

Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed Spinach. This recipe for sautéed Spinach is a simple and elegant dinner side dish.

Sauteed broccoli

Sauteed Broccoli. This recipe for sautéed broccoli is a simple dinner side dish.

Entrees

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata. A perfectly cooked pan-seared seared chicken breast, topped with a Lemon Butter Caper Sauce in this quick dinner.

eggplant parmigiana

Eggplant parmigiana, in Italy it’s nothing like what you find now. we never breaded the eggplant 

chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is a rich, quick, and irresistible classic dish. The mushroom, marsala wine, and rosemary sauce is straight-up tasty!

Dessert

Healthier Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu Recipe. This layered sweet, decadent cake is made with espresso-soaked ladyfingers and whipped mascarpone.