Italian Lunch Spread


Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on my blog or talking to me will know I adore all things cheese and all food Italian. I have been planning on making a full fledged Italian meal forever now but never got around to doing it. The Thali theme for this month’s Blogging Marathon finally forced my hand and I ticked an item off my bucket list.

Disclaimers first – This may not be an authentic Italian meal considering it is purely vegetarian except for an egg in the Eggplant Parmigiana. This would be the meal you would have in popular Italian restaurants in India. My limited research tells me the meal usually consists of –


Antipasti / Starters

Primo / First course – Usually a risotto or pasta

Secondo / Second course – Usually some meat or fish

Dolce / Dessert

I have made –

Mushroom Soup

Bruschetta – A simple and lip smacking starter that goes well with the soup

Pasta in Arrabiata Sauce for the First Course

Eggplant Parmigiana – A tasty baked eggplant dish topped generously with cheese

Mushroom and Capsicum Pizza with lots of Mozzarella cheese – I used a healthy pizza crust recipe with oats and wheat flour which results in a guilt free indulgence.

Vanilla Panna Cotta – An easy and quick dessert to round up the meal

The usual Italian meal also includes a cheese platter and seasonal fruits. I have omitted them and replaced that with a Pizza in typical Indian style because all we know about the Italian cuisine is pizza, pizza and some more pizza.

I have detailed the recipe for Bruschetta here which is a perfect answer to an easy and tempting starter and can be made quickly if you have unexpected guests.


This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme – Thalis.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#74


15 Comments Add yours

  1. chefkreso says:

    So delicious 😍

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Gosh I want to invite myself over sowmya, everything looks so amazing!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Come over anytime!

  3. Priya Suresh says:

    Woww, cant take my eyes from this spread, each and every dish looks absolutely fabulous. Stunning.

  4. Jayashree says:

    Everything looks delicious, but the pannacotta is what appeals to me the most.

  5. My older one will love to have this everyday!

  6. Farida says:


    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you

  7. Pavani says:

    Your Italian spread looks awesome Sowmya. Very tasty.

  8. Such a delightful spread… especially kids would go mad about it…

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thank you so much

  9. usha says:

    Whenever I think of thali theme, I never go beyond Indian thali. This is a nice idea and next time I take up the theme, I should consider international food as well!! That is yummilicious spread !!

    1. Sowmya:) says:

      Thanks Usha

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