Italian Deli-Themed Party Food Ideas

Posted on: 29 March 2018


If you're hosting a party for a friend or loved one who loves Italian food, consider serving authentic Italian deli-style food at the event. Not only will it please the celebrant, guests of all ages will also appreciate the lunch or dinner offerings.

You can make the food yourself, or save time by having your favorite local Italian deli or restaurant cater the event for you. You can work with them to design a menu filled with the guest of honor's favorite items. As a budget-friendly idea, make some of the party foods, such as the appetizers, yourself, and have the rest catered. On the one hand you'll save money, and on the other you won't have to spend that long in the kitchen.

An authentic Italian deli-inspired menu will work well for any type of event, such as casual family get-togethers, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, housewarmings, receptions, and even holidays. There are enough options to keep all your guests happy, including those with dietary restrictions. Be sure to include some vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free offerings so that everyone can enjoy the food.

Here are some Italian party food ideas, whether you decide to make them yourself or hire a caterer:

1. Build-Your-Own Sub Bar

Sub sandwiches are the ultimate in casual Italian deli fare and will fit into any party-planning budget. For a practical and fun approach, set up a sandwich bar and have guests create their own lunch or dinner using a variety of authentic Italian ingredients.

Start with crusty bread, and supply different types of Italian cold cuts, including salami, capicola, pancetta, prosciutto, mortadella, and pepperoni. For Italian cheeses, include mozzarella and provolone slices. 

Deli sandwich topping ideas include sliced red peppers and onions, mild and spicy pepperoncini rings, black and green olives, and tomatoes. Provide guests with mayonnaise, vinaigrette, and any other condiments you'd like as well. 

3. Cold Cut Tray

As another casual party food option, serve an Italian cold cut tray, which you can have catered or prepare a day in advance for convenience. In addition to all the Italian cold cuts mentioned above, provide a selection of gourmet crackers and garlic toast, olive salad, and sliced cheeses. 

For the vegans and vegetarians, serve a few different types of soy-based cold cuts and even a plant-based cheese option. You can round out the tray with a variety of Italian deli-inspired side dishes, such as zesty pasta salad, a caprese salad (layers of sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil), and a green salad with homemade Italian dressing. 

For more information contact companies like Scittino's Italian Market Place.