These Italian side dishes are simple and delicious! There’s something for everyone in these ideas for rounding out an Italian style meal.

Italian side dishes

Making an Italian style dinner? Try these Italian side dishes: simple ways to round out an Italian inspired meal. This list contains some traditional Italian side dishes or dishes made in the authentic Italian way, and then some Italian American recipes like garlic bread and salad with Italian dressing. So whether you’re going for a traditional, authentic vibe or a good old Italian American lasagna dinner: we’ve got something for you!

And now…15 great Italian side dishes!

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Italian side dishes

15 Great Italian Side Dishes

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


There’s nothing better than a fantastic Caprese salad! Pair perfectly ripe, juicy tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and peppery basil.


  • 6 to 8 ripe heirloom tomatoes, of different colors and sizes
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese or burrata cheese
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic reduction (optional)
  • Sea salt
  • Fresh ground pepper


  1. Slice the tomatoes and place them on a plate.
  2. Top with torn mozzarella cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. If desired, drizzle with balsamic reduction. Top with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Serve immediately. (Does not save well; tomatoes should not be stored refrigerated.)
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Italian side dishes, Italian side dish

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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