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My Truly Rustic Italian Wedding Reception

When it comes to celebrating love and unity in a rustic Italian setting, the food served at a wedding plays a crucial role in creating a memorable experience for guests. The charm and simplicity of a rustic Italian wedding calls for a menu that reflects the country’s rich culinary heritage while embracing the beauty of local, seasonal ingredients. From traditional antipasti to farm-to-table main courses and decadent desserts, the best food served at a rustic Italian wedding embodies the essence of Italian hospitality and craftsmanship. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the top choices for creating a delicious and authentic dining experience that will leave a lasting impression on your special day.

table set for a rustic wedding
A Rustic Italian Wedding Reception

1. A Traditional Italian Antipasti Selection

When it comes to setting the stage for a rustic Italian wedding, a traditional antipasti selection is a must. Think of a colourful array of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and marinated vegetables. From the salty bite of prosciutto to the creamy richness of fresh mozzarella, creating an enticing antipasti platter is a sure way to kick off your celebration with a Mediterranean flair. Imagine platters of fried sage, polenta crostini with creamed Baccala, Cheese bites, rice balls why not arancini with gorgonzola and walnuts, polenta puffs, grilled artichokes, caprese salad, caponata……..

2. Rustic Pasta Dishes with Local Ingredients

What better way to embrace the Italian culinary tradition than by serving rustic pasta dishes made with love and local ingredients? From silky strands of handmade spaghetti to delicate ravioli bursting with flavour, showcasing a variety of pasta options will delight your guests' taste buds. Whether tossed in a savoury tomato sauce or drizzled with fragrant olive oil, these dishes are sure to evoke the warmth and authenticity of a true Italian feast. Charm your guests with the different choices of pasta, Rigatoni or Linguini, Farfalle or Fusilli, excite guests with a range of pasta tasters - tagliatelle al ragu; lasagna; linguine allo scoglio; pappardelle al cinghiale; cacio e pepe; mezzelune; orecchiette con cima di rape….endless possibilities. Each region has its own special pastas to offer.

3. Farm-to-Table Main Course Options

For the main course at your rustic Italian wedding, consider highlighting farm-to-table options that celebrate the region's best meat and seafood offerings. From tender cuts of locally-sourced beef to fresh catches from nearby waters, serving up a hearty main course will satisfy even the most discerning palates. Why not indulge your guests with rustic stews and braised dishes that simmer with rich flavours and comforting aromas, embodying the heart and soul of Italian cuisine? Why not opt for a barbecue, grilled sausages of the Italian variety, beef kebabs (arrosticini), arista di maiale or meatballs drenched in a “sweet” tomato sauce not forgetting scaloppine braised in Marsala wine…!

4. Artisanal Pizza and Focaccia Stations

No Italian celebration would be complete without a nod to the beloved pizza. Set up artisanal pizza and focaccia stations where guests can customise their slices with gourmet toppings like fragrant herbs, savoury cheeses, and seasonal produce.  (Do NOT provide pineapple slices)!!!! Whether you prefer a classic Margherita or a bold creation featuring local delicacies, these handcrafted delights are sure to be a hit. And let's not forget the flavourful variety of focaccia bread, offering a taste of Italy's delicious bread-making tradition with every bite. Focaccia with mixed olives and rosemary, Fried eggplant and ricotta, Pesto and mozzarella, Gorgonzola cheese, pears and walnuts, Salami and thinly sliced red peppers, sorry this has to stop.


5. Decadent Italian Desserts and Pastries

If you want your rustic Italian wedding to end on a sweet note, look no further than classic desserts like tiramisu and cannoli. These indulgent treats are sure to satisfy guests with their rich flavours and creamy textures. Or when it comes to wedding cakes, Italian options are always a hit. Consider serving traditional Italian wedding cakes, from Torta al Limone to Millefoglie, or what about a luscious ricotta cake to add a touch of authenticity and sweetness to your celebration.

6. Regional Wine and Beverage Pairings

No Italian feast is complete without the perfect wine pairing. From bold reds to crisp whites, make sure to offer a selection of regional Italian wines that compliment the flavours of your menu. Whether it's a Chianti with pasta or a Prosecco with antipasti, let the wine flow and the good times roll.Then elevate your rustic Italian wedding experience by including traditional Italian aperitifs and digestivos. From refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktails to robust Amari liqueurs, these beverages will not only excite your guests' taste buds but also add a touch of sophistication to the festivities.

7. Family-style Dining Experience in a Charming Setting

Create a cosy and welcoming ambience at your rustic Italian wedding by opting for a family-style dining experience. Embrace the Italian tradition of communal dining by promoting shared experiences among your guests. Encourage interaction and mingling by setting up long, family-style tables where everyone can sit together and enjoy the feast. This intimate setting will not only encourage conversation and connection but also create lasting memories for everyone involved.



1. Can the menu be customised to accommodate dietary restrictions or preferences? Of course. As long as you provide the information to your planner and of course the table plan so that we know where your guest is sitting, then this is not a problem.

2. How can I ensure that the rustic Italian wedding menu stays authentic while incorporating personal touches? This is something we will discuss and review together and ensure that it works for you.

3. Are there options for incorporating local, seasonal ingredients into the menu for a truly farm-to-table experience? Definitely. It is important to note that this will be subject to where your wedding is being held in Italy and also the venue selected.



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