5 Easy Italian Street Food Recipes to Make at Home

From the streets of Italy to your kitchen, here are 5 easy Italian street food recipes to make at home. If you’re looking for a quick and healthy dinner that’s made with ingredients you can find at any grocery store, these are the perfect choice.

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How to Prepare Italian Street Food Recipes

Italian street food isn’t complicated—it’s just delicious! These recipes are simple but flavorful and will leave you feeling satisfied without feeling stuffed.

Even if you’ve never made pasta before, these recipes will have you feeling like an expert in no time. You’ll also be able to impress your friends when they come over for dinner with these tasty treats!

Italian Street Food Recipes Ingredients

The best part about these recipes is that they only require a few ingredients each—and most of them can be found at your local market or grocery store! This makes them perfect for busy weeknights when there isn’t much time left after work before dinner needs to be on the table. Here are some of the ingredients used in these recipes:

1. Arancini (Risotto Balls)

Arancini (Risotto Balls) are a delicious treat that can be made in minutes. The key to making arancini is to have the right ingredients and to prepare them properly. You will need:

• 1/2 cup of Arborio rice

• 2 cups of chicken broth

• 3 garlic cloves, minced

• 14 ounces of whole milk ricotta cheese

• 3 tablespoons olive oil for frying (about 5 tablespoons for coating)


In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken broth and garlic to a boil. Add the Arborio rice and cook until it’s soft and the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Cool completely before using.

Once cooled, mix together the ricotta cheese and cooled rice mixture in a large bowl until well blended. Form into balls about 1 inch wide by 2 inches long; flatten slightly with your hand so they resemble cakes instead of balls. Set aside for about 15 minutes so they firm up slightly while you heat your oil over medium-high heat in a deep skillet or wok until hot but not smoking (or use an electric deep fryer).

Next, carefully drop each cake into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on one side (about 3 minutes), then flip over and cook until golden brown on the other side (about 3 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels before serving. You can also serve these as appetizers if you cut them into smaller pieces before frying them. They’re delicious with a side of marinara sauce!

2. Fried Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley

Zucchini is a popular vegetable in many cuisines. It can be used raw, boiled or fried. Fried zucchini with garlic and parsley is a delicious side dish that goes well with any meal.

The secret to making fried zucchini with garlic and parsley is to first cut the zucchini into slices and then soak them in salt water for at least 20 minutes before frying them. This will make them crispier when fried.

It is best to use a large skillet when frying zucchini because it will allow you to fry more at one time without overcrowding them in the pan. It also helps if your skillet has slanted sides so that you can move the zucchini around easily as they cook without having them fall out of the pan.

The ingredients needed for this recipe include:

  • 4 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups flour, divided use
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Fried Zucchini with Garlic and Parsley Preparation

In a large bowl, toss zucchini slices in 1 cup flour. In a separate bowl, mix milk and remaining 2 cups flour until smooth. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip zucchini slices in milk mixture, then fry until golden brown on both sides. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

3. Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich Recipe


  • 1 pound of chicken breast, pounded thin and cut into strips
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 cups Marinara sauce 1/4 cup parsley flakes 1/2 teaspoon basil 1 tablespoon oregano salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon garlic powder 4 ounces mozzarella cheese slices 1 loaf French bread (or any kind you prefer)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients together except for the chicken, egg, bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese. Dip each piece of chicken into the egg mixture then coat it with the bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Top each slice of chicken with a slice of mozzarella cheese and return to oven until melted (about 5 minutes). Meanwhile toast your French bread in the broiler until lightly browned on both sides but not burnt! Remove from oven and top with marinara sauce then sprinkle with parsley flakes before serving!

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4. Meatball Sub with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions (or Minced Beef)

Meatball Sub with Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Recipe


• 1 pound ground beef

• 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

• 1 egg

• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 2 tablespoons olive oil ( divided )

• 1 onion ( chopped )

• 4 cloves garlic ( minced )

• 2 green bell peppers ( seeded and chopped )


For the Meatballs: In a medium bowl, combine the beef, breadcrumbs, egg, grated cheese, salt and pepper until well mixed. Shape into golf-sized meatballs about 2 inches in diameter. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add meatballs in a single layer and cook until browned on all sides. Remove from pan with tongs or slotted spoon and set aside on a plate lined with paper towels. Add onions to the same pan over medium heat with remaining tablespoon of olive oil and cook until softened ( about 5 minutes ). Add garlic and bell peppers then cook until tender-crisp ( another 5 minutes ). Stir in tomato paste, oregano and tomato sauce then cook for another 3 minutes until thickened. Add meatballs back to the pan along with basil leaves and cook uncovered until sauce is bubbling. Remove from heat and serve over pasta or rice. If you want to make an easy meatball recipe, try this tasty version. You can make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them for later use.

5. Margherita Pizza with Basil Oil Drizzle

Margherita Pizza with Basil Oil Drizzle


  • 1 pizza dough (you can use store-bought or make your own)
  • 1 large tomato, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3/4 cup baby spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (or more if you like)
  • Basil oil drizzle: 1 cup fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons honey 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • 2. Roll out the pizza dough onto a floured surface and transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • 3. Top with tomatoes, spinach, cheese and basil oil drizzle (see below), then bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through in the middle.
  • 4. Serve immediately!

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