Italian starter recipes are slightly different to antipasti recipes. In a traditional Italian meal starters usually precede a dinner party while antipasti is a staple of Italian cooking which goes with almost every meal.

The best Italian starter recipes are perfect for sharing. Such dishes include great finger food dishes like funghi ripieni al gorgonzola – or mushrooms stuffed with gorgonzola and honey – a classic Italian bruschetta recipe or the deliciously indulgent Taleggio fritto con salsa di fragile – or deep-fried Taleggio cheese with a strawberry sauce.

For a truly authentic selection of recipes for Italian starters it’s hard to beat the great range of ideas from Gino D’Acampo. Gino has prepared an amazing selection of exceptional Italian starter recipes including figs and soft cheese rolled in Parma ham, avocado with saffron crab or one of Gino’s Neapolitan favourites – sardines coated in black pepper with Italian salsa.

You can find a full range of the very best recipes for Italian starters in Gino’s best-selling recipe books or you can find a selection of great ideas below. Time to start cooking – you won’t be disappointed!

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