Catering for an Italian Wedding
The Avenue is one of the most unique wedding venues in Toronto which can provide traditional Italian wedding venue catering.
Here’s an easy step-by-step guide to setting the menu for your Italian wedding:
Aperitivo = Cocktail Hour
Hors d’Oeuvres are usually served during then welcome cocktail. Either left on tables or passed around to guests on trays by waiters. They can include simple salted bites like olives, crisps and nuts, or include some old cheese like Parmesan Cheese, mozzarellas and cherry tomatoes, salami, fried vegetables, mini quiches and a refined selection of canapés and appetizers.
Antipasti = Starters
This is the first dish served at the tables, and can be a single course or a mix of different food. Depending on the season appetizers may include bruschette, mushrooms, shrimp cocktail, ham and melon, smoked salmon, or grilled seafood.
Primo Piatto = First Course
Usually consisting of pasta (spaghetti, fusili, paccheri, lasagne, penne, linguine, etc.), gnocchi, risotto or ravioli/tortellini
Secondo Piatto = Main Course
Can be made of fish or meat such as beef, pork, lamb, guinea fowl – check local specialties! Chicken and rabbit are not used very much at wedding meals.
Contorno = Side Dish
Depending on the main course, it may consist of vegetables such as eggplant, spinach, mixed salad or herb roasted potatoes.
Sorbetto = Sorbet
It is similar to ice-cream, but mixed with some alcoholic drinks like prosecco or vodka. Considered fundamental as a palate cleanser to remove all flavours allowing you to taste the next course. Typically flavours are lemon, strawberry, mint, ginger or mandarin.
Dolce = Dessert
In some cases wedding cake can be served as dessert, or you can select a typical Italian dessert such as Tiramisu to be served before the cake. During the summer an ice cream with some Italian cookies or strawberries as dessert can be a good idea!
Torta Nuziale = Wedding Cake
Italian wedding cakes are generally a one-layered cake made with white or chocolate sponge cake filled with Chantilly, chocolate or lemon cream and covered with icing or whipped cream. However, a multi-tiered cake is also possible.
The Avenue Banquet Hall has an in-house catering team who prepare the best Italian Wedding Menu in Toronto.