Italian Buffet Ideas For Wedding Receptions


When it comes to catering options for wedding receptions, Italian cuisine may be one of the most versatile. Not only will you have a lot of different menu choices to work with, but the cuisine is also sure to please guests of all ages. Since Italian cuisine is so varied, one of the best ways to present it to your friends and family members may be with a buffet. You can include everything from appetizers to desserts on a buffet-style table, which will allow guests to pick and choose their favorites. 

Although Italian food is known to feature a lot of cheese and meat, you can easily alter it to create delicious options for all of your vegan and vegetarian guests. There are many kid-friendly Italian cuisine options as well. When searching for the perfect company to cater your reception, look for one that specializes in Italian food and is willing to serve it buffet-style as well. If you are hosting an outdoor wedding, set the buffet up under a rented event tent to protect the food from bugs and heat.

Following are some Italian buffet ideas to consider as you plan your reception menu:


There are so many Italian appetizer choices that your guests could make a meal out of just them alone. Serve at least one or two salads, such as a mixed green option topped with salami, black olives, tomatoes, and Italian dressing, as well as a classic Caprese salad. As a creative twist, you can also serve appetizer skewers filled with ingredients such as fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, olives, prosciutto, and green peppers. Bruschetta or breadsticks with marinara sauce are other solid options.

Main Courses 

One of the convenient things about having an Italian buffet at your reception is that you can serve a lot of the dishes family-style. For instance, set up large trays of traditional meat and vegetarian lasagnas, eggplant Parmesan, ravioli and marinara sauce, manicotti and ricotta-stuffed shells, and have guests to fill their plates with their favorites. This will allow partygoers to mix and mingle as they choose their food and eat.

If there are a lot of kids on your guest list, you can also set up a small build-your-own-pizza bar to keep the youngsters entertained and satisfied. Provide mini pizza crusts or halved English muffins, as well as classic toppings such as sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and diced vegetables. To learn more, contact your local Italian catering service today.


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