Working out what food you're going to serve your guests can be one of the most agonising decisions you'll have to make when you plan a wedding. Even though your guests are there to share your special day and enjoy good company, many people feel like they really have to impress with the catering on offer.
To come up with the best plan, it's a good idea to tailor your decisions to the time of year and the venue of the wedding.
Think of Italian food and, chances are, you'll imagine something involving pasta, tomatoes, and some fresh herbs like basil. Or perhaps a traditional, rustic pizza will come to mind, with olives, salami, and other traditional Italian toppings.
And usually, you'll find plenty of dishes on an Italian restaurant's menu that match up with these expectations. But it's far from the whole story.
With Italy being a fairly large country, with long culinary traditions, there's a considerable amount of variation between the food of different regions.
If you're planning your wedding, then you've no doubt put a lot of time and thought into the different elements. Catering is a big consideration and can help to create a memorable and special wedding day for you, your spouse-to-be and your guests. Informal and less traditional weddings are increasingly popular for Australian couples. They create a more relaxed and fun atmosphere that may suit the couple's personalities better than a formal wedding.
Because it can be prepared well in advance of any dinner party that you are going to hold, bruschetta with a basil garnish is one of the tastiest starters you can put together for guests. A favourite of many a pizza restaurant, bruschetta is an Italian dish served on bread, much like a miniature vegetarian pizza. It is possible to make them for a formal dining event where your guests will sit down or, alternatively, as a canapé which you can serve as finger food.