Fried Caprese Nuggets

Fried Caprese Nuggets   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 large summer tomato diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh mozzarella, torn in small strips 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves torn in pieces 10 to 12 ounces of your proprietary pizza dough Coarse sea salt as needed Shaved or… Read More

buffalo chicken nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos   Print Americans are obsessed with all things Buffalo chicken, so this easy appetizer uses ingredients you’ve probably already got on-hand. If you’re using a broiler, be sure to watch for burning. To ease clean-up, consider using parchment paper at the bottom of your sheet pan. Author: Pizza Today Ingredients 2 cups… Read More

Sicilian Stuffed Tomatoes

Sicilian Stuffed Tomatoes   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 4 large tomatoes, as red as possible ¼ cup olive oil 1 small onion 4 anchovies, chopped 1 tablespoon capers 1 tablespoon chopped parsley ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon dry white wine ¼ teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Instructions… Read More

Basic Baked Clams Oreganatta

Basic Baked Clams Oreganatta   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 cup toasted bread crumbs 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped ¼ teaspoon dried oregano 1 or 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil juice of 1 lemon 18 cherrystone clams, freshly shucked Instructions Toss all of the above… Read More

Bruschetta di Pomodoro

Bruschetta di Pomodoro   Print Slice bread (about ¾-inch thick) into 12 pieces. Lay the slices on a sheet pan and toast in the oven (or grill), turning once, until lightly golden brown on both sides. Rub each slice with fresh garlic while still hot. Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 2 medium ripe… Read More

goat cheese dip recipe

Baked Goat Cheese

Baked Goat Cheese   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 6 ounces goat cheese, softened 1 cup marinara ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon oregano ¼ teaspoon salt Fresh basil leaves, chiffonade for garnish Instructions Place cheese into bottom of a 6-inch ramekin or pie plate, leaving a 1-inch border. Ladle marinara… Read More

Sweet and Sour Stuffed Poblanos

Sweet and Sour Stuffed Poblanos and Jalepeños

Sweet and Sour Stuffed Poblanos and Jalepeños   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: pizza Ingredients 2 cups pizzeria pineapple tidbits ¾ cups chopped feta cheese ¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese 4 ounces pizzeria ham diced fine 2 ounces diced bacon Instructions Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mash for stuffing. Cut the… Read More

Stuffed Poblano Pepper Twinkies

Stuffed Poblano Pepper Twinkies   Print Author: Brad Rocco / Bexley Pizza Plus Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 6 Poblano peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded 12 ounces pork shoulder, hickory smoked and pulled 6 ounces cream cheese, whipped 2 whole kale leaves, flash-fried and crumbled 12 pieces applewood smoked bacon 12 strands of chives,… Read More

Pizza Dip, appetizer, pizza

Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip   Print Author: Mandy Detwiler Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 6 ounces cream cheese, softened ½ cup sour cream ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder ½ cup pizza sauce 25 pepperoni slices 1 cup shredded mozzarella, divided ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes Italian seasoning, to taste Fresh basil leaves, chiffonade for garnish Instructions In a… Read More

Danish Meatballs

Danish Meatballs   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 pound ground beef ½ pound ground spicy Italian sausage ½ pound ground veal 2 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper 2 eggs ⅓ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup heavy cream 1 cup dry breadcrumbs Instructions Preheat oven to 375 F. In… Read More

Entice Customers with Trending Appetizers

Pizza Today’s compilation of the hottest appetizers in restaurants right now will inspire you to replace those hard-selling items on your starters menu. Creating bite-sized, sharable dishes complement a pizzeria concept.
Appetizers is one area of the menu where chefs and cooks get creative. The front of your menu is also the most adaptable area to add new items and try out trending apps. We’ve assembled the industry’s top chefs and successful restaurant operators to share their best appetizer recipes, ranging from stuffed poblano pepper twinkies, limonchello chicken wings to ricotta stuffed mushrooms. Our chefs also provide how-to recipes for intricate arancini and bruschetta.
Wings, breadsticks or garlic knots are appetizer staples, but there are some up-and-coming menu items that may become mainstays like meatball samplers, mozzarella sticks, toasted ravioli and Buffalo chicken dip. Pizza Today is your one-stop-shop for developing or updating your apps menu.


Use Visuals to Push Appetizers

When it comes to appetizers — especially ones many customers have never heard of, a picture does say 1,000 words. Each month, the Pizza Today staff heads into our test kitchen to make the same recipes that fill the internationally recognized magazine and our online recipe collection. Just as important as flavor, appetizers should be presented beautifully. An app is the first course that customers see and taste. Presentation is everything to your social sharing customers who will snap a shot of that stunning app — instant marketing to their social community, friends and family. Take care when plate your appetizers.