An Italian-themed dinner party

Neil Perry's bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, basil, olives and feta.
Neil Perry's bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, basil, olives and feta.

Bring a taste of la dolce vita to your next dinner party. Pick and mix your menu from these recipe suggestions for primi, secondi and dolci.

Buon appetito!

 

 

Arancini with ragu.

To start: Arancini filled with mozzarella and ragu

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
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To start: Colourful bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, basil, olives and feta

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
Spaghetti with prawns, clams and chilli.

Pasta: Spaghetti with prawns, clams and chilli

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Gnochhi con Ragu.

Pasta: Gnocchi with beef ragu

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Leeks, spinach and ricotta cannelloni.

Pasta: Leek, spinach and ricotta cannelloni

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Steven Manfredi

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Blue-Eye trevalla poached in tomato and basil.

Mains: Blue-eye trevalla poached in tomato with basil and olives

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Steven Manfredi

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Steak, Italian-style.

Mains: Italian-style steak

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (21)
Roman-style chicken with capsicum.

Mains: Roman-style chicken with capsicum

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Steven Manfredi

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (13)
Neil Perry's buffalo mozzarella lasagne.

Hearty fare: Neil Perry's buffalo mozzarella lasagne is a reader favourite

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (168)
Neil Perry, beillisimo.

Hearty fare: A traditional Sicilian main of rolled veal involtini

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Osso bucco with gremolata and polenta.

Hearty fare: Jill Dupleix's take on the hearty Italian classic osso buco

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (19)
Braised cavolo nero and silverbeet.

Side dish: Braised cavolo nero and silverbeet with shaved parmesan

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (12)
Fresh mozzarella, farro and cherry tomato salad.

Side dish: Fresh mozzarella, farro and cherry tomato salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Panzanella salad.

Side dish: Rustic panzanella aka Tuscan bread salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Neil Perry tiramisu.

Dessert: Tiramisu - present in martini glasses for tiramisu-tinis

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Zuppa Inglese.

Dessert: This zuppa inglese is an Italian take on the humble trifle

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Neil Perry

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
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Dessert: You don't need an ice-cream machine for this tangy lemon gelato

  • 2 hrs +
  • Easy

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Affogato

After dinner treat: Retire with a rich chocolate gelato affogato

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Cocoa nibs

After dinner treat: Crunchy cocoa nib and hazelnut biscotti

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Italian nougat.

After dinner treat: Italian nougat with honey and almonds

  • < 30 mins
  • Difficult

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (20)
Campari and blood orange  jubes.

After dinner treat: Grown-up Campari and blood orange jubes

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)