Italian Dinner--Menu Help
I'd appreciate any suggestions to complete this menu. It will be a casual dinner with guests I don't know well. Salad? Appetizers? Dessert?
Roasted tomatoes and mozzarella
Roasted mushrroms with garlic and capers
Homemade pasta with cheese and pepper sauce
Homemade pasta with lamb ragu
It looks like you've got appetizers covered with the roasted vegetables and olives, yes? Your pastas look great - maybe just add a simple Caesar salad and/or some sauteed spinach (I would be more creative, but since you don't know them well you might not want to make anything with unusual ingredients). Then something universally adored like tiramisu for dessert. Sounds like a great meal!
I assume this dinner is happening soon?? If so, I'd skip the roasted tomatoes and mozz. In favour of a Caprese Salad. Take advantage of nice fresh, in season tomatoes while you still can.
Can you do espresso?? If so, espresso and biscotti after dinner is always fantastic.
I would go with a salad...maybe some roasted asparagus with shaved parmigianno
Some other appetizers or antipasti i would consider would be;
Seafood Salad......Grilled or Sauteed Shrimp, Calamari or Pulpo alone or combined.
I'm with the salad people. Field greens with great extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. AFTER the pasta, of course, not with. Caesar salad is not even remotely Italian.
Not sure about dessert, but some fresh fruit, a couple of flavors of gelato, one cream one fruit, for example, plus some really good biscotti, and a nice moscato d'Asti cover most exigencies.