Does anyone really need an excuse for an Italian feast? I do not but, for those who do, Columbus Day is the perfect opportunity. I have posted two delicious Italian menus for the occasion. The first is an Italian buffet, inspired by a rehearsal dinner my mother created for my brother's wedding that is quite easy due to make-ahead dishes, including antipasti and lasagna. Take advantage of the grocery store and a local bakery for the accompanying desserts of Italian pastries and frozen treats. The second menu is a 'Build-Your-Own' Sandwich Party featuring one of my all-time favorites, Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions. As the title suggests, everyone assembles their own sandwich, so it is easy on the cook and perfect for vegetarians who prefer an equally delicious sandwich of peppers without the sausage. The side dishes and dessert, Tiramisu, can be prepared a day ahead.
Serve Italian wines or cocktails with either of the menus, and coffee or espresso to accompany the desserts. I have included preparation notes and each recipe has links to alternate choices. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can visit my Italian Recipes page, where you will find many more recipes from which to choose. Additionally, you can use the search box above or browse the Recipes Files for other dishes to round out the meal.