What You Should Serve With Pizza
If you're planning a dinner party at home with a main dish of pizza, you may be wondering what to serve with it. This tasty Italian specialty is a favorite with diners of all ages and socio-economic brackets. If you're planning to order the main dish and have it delivered at dinner time, you have made a great choice for a laid back evening. All you have to do now is plan the appetizers, salad, beverages, and dessert for your event.
If you're planning to serve pizza as your main meal, you'll want to stick with the Italian theme and have appetizers with the flavor of Italy. Some classic choices include an antipasto platter, garlic bread, or deep fried veggies and / or cheese sticks. A tasty antipasto platter may include peperoncini, slices of salami, provolone cheese, black and green olives, and toothpicks to spear them with. Garlic bread is always a favorite. You can slice a fresh loaf of sourdough bread, slather each piece with butter and minced garlic, and broil the slices for a few minutes until they turn golden brown. Batter-dipped fried zucchini, mushrooms, or cheese sticks are always a hit, too.
Before your pizza arrives, prepare a tossed green salad with olive oil and vinegar dressing. Your salad should contain a variety of greens such as butter lettuce, romaine, and iceberg. Chopped carrots, sliced bell peppers, and black olives are true Italiano flavor-mates, as well. Croutons made from sourdough add a crunchy texture to your cool, tangy salad.
After the main course, there's always room for dessert. Ice cream or Italian ices are always a perfect finish to a full meal. You can have a variety of ice cream flavors for your guests to choose from. Having a sundae bar with an assortment of toppings such as caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts, whipped cream, cherries, and sprinkles will make the ice cream that much more special. If you want to add cookies as an option, select a recipe that has hazelnut or amaretto in it.
Of course, wine is as Italian as the shape of a boot. You can serve red, white, or rose. Beer is always a welcome brew with pizzas, as well. If there are non-imbibers in your group, iced tea, soda, or water will fit the bill. Hearty roasted coffee or decaf can top off the evening well and let all your guests go home a bit soberer and sated.
When you order out for your main dish, your dinner party gets easier. Serve Italian appetizers, salad, desserts and beverages along with your pizza. Everyone will go home happy.