Over 25 Italian Breakfast Ideas and Recipes

The following list of mouth-watering Italian breakfast ideas will help you prepare new and creative breakfasts that everyone will love. It’s said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but why not make it the most delicious too?

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This collection of ideas will inspire you to appreciate delicious Italian foods, whether it’s savory breakfast sweets, hearty breakfast bakes, or quick grab-and-go recipes.

Italian Breakfast Ideas

In Italian cuisine, breakfast isn’t usually the biggest meal of the day like it is here in the U.S. But that’s just it – we’re not in Italy so why not create some wonderful breakfasts that will not only taste amazing but keep us satisfied as well.

These breakfast recipes range from sweet and savory to hearty and healthy, but all with an Italian theme. Some are my own Italian recipes and some are from my fellow food-enthusiasts that also run and operate their own dedicated food blogs. Get your morning cup of coffee and let’s get started.

Take a look and be inspired!

Italian Frittata Recipes

Frittatas are the Italian version of American omelets, often served at breakfast time. But frittatas are not folded over and they are typically thinner than omelets. Generally you cook them in a saute pan, or even a cast-iron skillet. Some recipes are known to bake in the oven as well.

You can fill them with different vegetables, or you can have them plain with minimal ingredients. Here are some breakfast ideas that you might enjoy along with some fresh juice! Make sure to check out. my tips for how to freeze frittata and how to reheat frittata so it still tastes good!

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1. Italian Frittata
This classic Italian breakfast frittata is full of flavor with eggs, garlic, herbs and Italian cheese.
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2. Spinach Frittata
This Italian breakfast frittata is full of flavor and easy to make.
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3. Potato Frittata
Here's a hearty Italian breakfast where potatoes and eggs never tasted so good! This recipe uses both egg whites and egg yolks.
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4. Asparagus, Leek, and Mushroom Parmesan Frittata
4. Asparagus, Leek, and Mushroom Parmesan Frittata
A quick vegetarian breakfast or brunch recipe, this Asparagus, Leek, and Mushroom Parmesan Frittata is simple and easy to make. Perfect for holidays and special occasions.
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5. Easy Vegetable Frittata Recipe
5. Easy Vegetable Frittata Recipe
Your family will love the flavors and you’ll love how easy this recipe is to make!
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Italian Sweet Breakfast Foods

Who doesn’t love their sweets? The Italians are no exception and here are some wonderful breakfast recipes for those who love their sweets, whether it’s sugar on top or stuffed with different fillings such as savory creams and jams. These recipes go great with a nice cup of cappuccino or espresso.

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6. Italian Pecan Coffee Cake
This Italian pecan coffee cake is perfect for making ahead and being able to grab a slice first thing in the morning.
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7. Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake - The Short Order Cook
7. Sour Cream Bundt Coffee Cake – The Short Order Cook
Enjoy this moist & amazing sour cream bundt coffee cake any time of day. It’s moist & sweet with a Nutella swirl & delicious glaze. If you’ve got a sweet tooth for Nutella, this is for you!
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8. Maritozzi Recipe Roman Sweet Buns With Whipped Cream
8. Maritozzi Recipe Roman Sweet Buns With Whipped Cream
Roman Maritozzi recipe is a light, fluffy brioche bun filled with fresh whipped cream, creating the perfect balance of sweetness and texture.
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9. Best Dried Fig Cake (Yeast Leavened)
9. Best Dried Fig Cake (Yeast Leavened)
A yeast-leavened fig and walnut cake that’s perfect for a weekend breakfast with coffee and friends. A great morning coffee cake recipe for the Holidays (Christmas recipe) that uses spelt flour.
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10. Italian Brioche Bread Recipe (Soft and Easy)
10. Italian Brioche Bread Recipe (Soft and Easy)
Italian Brioche Bread Recipe (Soft and Easy) This brioche bread is rich, buttery, slightly sweet, tender, and absolutely delicious! Easy to make!
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11. Panettone Bread Pudding
11. Panettone Bread Pudding
Creamy Panettone Bread Pudding recipe uses leftovers from the classic Italian holiday bread. A vintage custard dessert, easily customizable.
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12. Sourdough Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Buns) – Sourdough Brandon
12. Sourdough Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Buns) – Sourdough Brandon
Sourdough Maritozzi are Italian sweet buns filled with whipped cream. These buns are made with a sourdough brioche dough and are so fluffy!
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Baked or Fried Italian Breakfasts

Sometimes a good Italian breakfast needs to be baked or can be made right on the skillet with some olive oil – like my fried polenta. Here are some creative ideas you can try!

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13. Fried Polenta
Polenta is common in Italian households and is an easy recipe that can be used anytime of day. Enjoy this pan-fried version today.
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14. Caprese Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
14. Caprese Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole
Easy Caprese Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole recipe packed with potatoes, eggs, tomatoes, basil, and Mozzarella cheese for an Italian gluten free meal.
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15. Italian Quiche (Easy Brunch Recipe) - Heavenly Home Cooking
15. Italian Quiche (Easy Brunch Recipe) – Heavenly Home Cooking
This beautiful, delicious Italian quiche has all the makings of a popular pizza. It comes together for a tasty bite you can’t stop eating!
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16. Baked Frittata with Pesto, Tomatoes & Goat Cheese
16. Baked Frittata with Pesto, Tomatoes & Goat Cheese
Baked Frittata with Pesto, Tomatoes & Goat Cheese is an easy and healthy breakfast bake that is vegetarian and gluten-free!
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17. Low-carb egg muffins
17. Low-carb egg muffins
Delicious Italian-flavored eggs and anchovies (low-carb egg bites). They’re savory, cheesy, and lightly sweet (Paleo, Keto, Gluten-free).
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18. Italian Baked Eggs
18. Italian Baked Eggs
These easy Italian Baked Eggs use spicy Italian sausage in a quick tomato sauce – perfect for breakfast or brunch! With step by step photos.
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Eggs and Toast Recipes

Who loves their egg and toast? I love these recipe ideas below with their flavorful Italian twist!

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19. Riccotta Toast with Tomatoes and Bacon
An easy Italian appetizer that will bring raves, with toasted garlic bread, smooth ricotta cheese, juicy tomatoes and bacon bits.
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20. Brunch Pizza with Eggs
20. Brunch Pizza with Eggs
Sweet and savory breakfast sausage, spinach, mozzarella cheese, and runny eggs make for the best and easiest brunch-style pizza.
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21. Pesto Baked Eggs - Brunch & Batter
21. Pesto Baked Eggs – Brunch & Batter
Loaded with pesto, feta, and a splash of cream, these Pesto Baked Eggs (shirred eggs) are an easy breakfast perfect for individual servings.
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22. Pesto Eggs on Toast
22. Pesto Eggs on Toast
Learn how to make this super easy and delicious viral Tik Tok food trend Pesto Eggs on Toast. Make your own basil pesto or use store bought.
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23. Fried Spaghetti with Eggs - The Short Order Cook
23. Fried Spaghetti with Eggs – The Short Order Cook
Fried spaghetti with eggs is a great way to enjoy leftover spaghetti in a delicious meal that is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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24. Caprese Breakfast Toast- A fun twist on a classic! - Life’s Ambrosia
24. Caprese Breakfast Toast- A fun twist on a classic! – Life’s Ambrosia
Crusty bread, creamy avocado, a fried egg and dreamy caprese salad is the perfect way to start your day.
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25. Italian Eggs Benedict - Fox and Briar
25. Italian Eggs Benedict – Fox and Briar
A twist on a classic this Italian eggs Benedict has all the things you love in a benny plus the addition of a sausage tomato sauce all drizzled with a creamy homemade hollandaise for mouthwatering deliciousness in every bite!
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26. Eggs in Purgatory Recipe (or Basically, Italian Shakshuka) - Little Spice Jar
26. Eggs in Purgatory Recipe (or Basically, Italian Shakshuka) – Little Spice Jar
Eggs in purgatory is soft-cooked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. This Italian shakshuka recipe uses a handful of ingredients and is perfect for brunch!
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If you like the breakfast recipes above why not try some dinners or desserts too? Check out my post for delicious Italian side dishes for Christmas or any occasion everyone in the family will enjoy!

peppers, sausage and onion

This recipe for Italian peppers, sausage and onions is easy and perfect for get togethers.

italian lemon cake

Try this Italian lemon cake if you like sweets with a slight lemon flavor. It’s easy and tastes amazing!

espresso maker

Although this isn’t a recipe, this famous stainless steel stovetop espresso maker by Alessi makes the perfect cup of java for breakfast! Check out my review.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these delicious Italian breakfast ideas and found them inspirational. I had fun pulling them together for you and now I’m starving and think I’ll go make some breakfast!

If you tried any of the above, please let me know in the comments below!

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Over 25 Italian Breakfast Ideas and Recipes

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