Our 20 Absolute Best Italian Side Dish Recipes
A dish as simple as caprese salad demands the best ingredients: Use firm, in-season tomatoes, the freshest burrata, and dress with pristine olive oil and top-quality balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe for Caprese Salad » Landon Nordeman
In this dish, zucchini are stuffed with the twin stars of Calabrian cheese making: pecorino and ricotta. Flecked with tomato and mint, they are equally good eaten hot or at room temperature.
Saffron gives this risotto its vibrant color and flavor.
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Green Beans with Lemon and Capers
A bright and simple salad adds fresh contrast to fried strips of pizza dough.
These fluffy pecorino flans are served with a simple tomato sauce.
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Raisins add a subtle sweetness to this salad from Enoteca l’Alchimista in Montefalco, Italy.
Arugula, Pecorino, Pine Nut, and Pear Salad (Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli e Pere) »
Herbs, garlic, and bread crumbs add a savory topping to tomatoes in this simple Tuscan side dish.
Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)
Polenta is a popular dish in Venice and is often served grilled as a side, though you can also eat it without grilling it if you like.
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Chef Massimo Bottura developed this recipe to utilize the nearly 1,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano damaged after earthquakes devastated the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in 2012.
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Sweet, ripe, summer tomatoes dressed in olive oil, vinegar, and basil are tossed with garlicky, toasted bread cubes to soak up the delicious juices in this classic Italian salad.
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Fragrant rosemary and lemon are added to this risotto after it is cooked.
Grapefruit supremes and aged balsamic vinegar brighten this classic Italian salad.
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Creamy, mild eggplant pairs with briny capers, floral basil, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction for a knockout appetizer or side dish.
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This flaky, comforting puff pastry hand pie is evil but genius—it tastes like the Italian version of a ham and cheese croissant, but without the labor of from-scratch pastry. Mortadella, a pork-based deli meat with pistachios and delicate morsels of pork fat, is available at many grocery stores, and Italian markets.
Get the recipe for Mortadella and Fontina Slab Pie »
Cipolline onions are cooked in a thick syrup of balsamic vinegar and sugar in this classic Italian-American side dish.
Get the recipe for Cipolline in Agrodolce »
Ricotta, Potato, and Scallion Fritters
In this classic Roman pairing, sweet peas are richly flavored by salty prosciutto as well as the pork’s rendered fat.
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These olives are incredibly simple—all you have to do is mix them with orange zest and juice, rosemary, and pepper, then let them sit for an hour.
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