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Italian Mother's Day Recipes From Breakfast 'Til Dessert

30 April 2021
by Giadzy
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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Celebrate the caregiver in your life with an unforgettable meal - and we've got the Italian mother's day recipes that'll do the trick!

A delicious meal is always a welcome gift, especially on mother's day. The caregiver in your life will always appreciate something homemade - and these tasty recipes are a notch above the paper-and-puffy-paint crafts you made them in grade school! Whether you're looking to make a beautiful breakfast spread, a light luncheon or a decadent dinner, turn to these easy Italian mother's day recipes to mark the occasion.

Breakfast and Brunch

Caprese Frittata

With all the bright flavors of a caprese salad, this fluffy frittata is an amazing thing to wake up to. Make it extra pretty Giada Vegas-style with fresh microgreens and sliced cherry tomatoes on top!

Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake

Strawberry Basil Coffee Cake

Coffee cake, meet springtime! This brunch favorite gets a springy makeover with fresh strawberries and basil... and you can't beat that streusel topping.

Sweet Pea And Avocado Toast

No need to roll up to the hip cafe in town for an amazing slice of avocado toast! Use fresh springtime peas for a sweet spin on the breakfast classic.


Ciambella Cake

In Italy, this rich lemony and lightly-spiced cake gets served up for breakfast! With its light flavor and rich crumb, you can serve it alongside fruits, cheeses, or even charcuterie.

Lemon Crepes with Almond Mascarpone

Lemon Crepes with Almond Mascarpone

Inspired by the flavors of Capri, Italy, these lemony crepes are a decadent way to start the day - and certainly a way to mark an occasion.

Luncheon O'Clock

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad

Caramelized Pancetta Salad

This salad is perfect for an occasion - it's a bit more special than something you'd whip up on a weekday for lunch. The crispy pancetta and candied fennel are absolute stars in this dish!

Fregola Pasta Salad With Citrus

Fregola Pasta Salad With Citrus

Toasted fregola, one of our favorite little pastas, is the backbone of this citrusy salad. With tons of bright flavor, this is a fabulous springtime lunch.

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Mozzarella and Strawberry Bruschetta

Bruschetta for lunch? Yes, please! Serve this alongside a simple Kale Caesar or simple Italian salad (and some sparkling wine!) for a lovely lunch.

Orecchiette with Almond Pesto and Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette with Almond Pesto 

This creamy almond pesto will make anything taste good, but you especially can't go wrong with pasta and fresh mozzarella.

Crispy Goat Cheese Salad

The prettiest little spring salad has a surprise: crispy phyllo filled with a creamy herbed goat cheese. Yum.

Dinner Time

Amalfi Lemon Chicken

Amalfi Lemon Chicken

Nothing beats a lemony roasted chicken, and this one's so easy to pull off. Serve it up with an equally delicious side dish (Herbes De Provence roasted potatoes!) for a fabulous, homey meal.

Pasta With Asparagus And Cherry Tomatoes

Pasta With Asparagus And Cherry Tomatoes

This pasta is a celebration of spring! A fun pasta shape like Nodi Marini makes it feel extra special.

Grilled Scallops With Citrus Quinoa

Grilled Scallops With Citrus Quinoa

Big ocean scallops always feel occasion-worthy - and mom's worth it!

Risotto In Lemon Cups

If you've got a mom that loves adorable little things, then this risotto in lemon cups is certain to win her over.

Spinach Gnudi

Spinach Gnudi

This Italian classic is a regional specialty in Tuscany. It's somewhere between a fluffy gnocchi and the cheesy filling of a raviolo - it's an amazing vegetarian dinner option.

Pistachio Mortadella Meatballs

Mortadella Meatballs With Pistachio Pesto

Inspired by a similar dish at Dilla in Rome, these meatballs are absolutely divine. Mortadella gives them an extra savory edge, and the creamy pistachio pesto is to die for.


lemon torta caprese

Lemon Torta Caprese

We adore the classic chocolate version of this dessert, but there's something really special about this white chocolate and lemon version.

Raspberry Tiramisu

This is a wonderful spin on classic tiramisu for spring and summer - the bright flavor of the raspberry takes it to another level.

Mascarpone Cannoli Cheesecake

Mascarpone Cannoli Cheesecake

An absolutely show-stopping, crowd-pleasing, fan-favorite dessert. 

lemon ricotta pound cake

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Essentially the cake version of Giada's famous cookies, you can't go wrong with this flavor combo!

Pistachio Tiramisu

Pistachio Tiramisu

Inspired by the many tiramisu flavors in Italy, this pistachio tiramisu is full of lovely, subtle flavor. You don't need any fancy pistachio butters or pastes for this!

Roasted Strawberries with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Roasted Strawberries With Mascarpone Whipped Cream

This dessert feels so sophisticated and Italian, but there's no real baking required at all. Score!



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