Recently, my adult daughter hosted a book club night, reminding me of the hilariously fun movie Book Club – The Next Chapter. I saw the movie with some girlfriends. Set against the backdrop of Italy, the film had us laughing till our sides hurt. 

book club members talking

Inspired by its charm and the delightful Italian scenery, I figured an Italian-themed menu was as fitting as a pizza in Naples.

photo of the movie poster

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The Cocktail

an italian style manhattan cocktail in a cut crystal tumbler
A Couple Cooks - get the recipe

Kick off the evening with a sip of sophistication courtesy of Sonja & Alex at A Couple Cooks. Their Bitter Giuseppe cocktail is a compelling blend of bitter and sweet flavors, sure to elevate any conversation to new heights.

The Mocktail

a virgin red sangria with fruit
Mingle Mocktails - get the recipe

Bethanny from Mingle Mocktails serves up a refreshing Virgin Sangria that’s bursting with fruity goodness for those steering clear of spirits. Sip, savor, and stay sharp for the literary discussions ahead.

The Protein

a bowl of rigatoni with sausage and a creamy sauce
The Cozy Cook - get the recipe

Sink your teeth into hearty comfort with Stephanie’s creamy sausage pasta from The Cozy Cook. This savory dish is a true crowd-pleaser, perfect for fueling lively debates about plot twists and character development.

The Salad

roast root vegetables and arugula in a close up shot
Giadzy - get the recipe

Balance out the richness of the pasta with Giada’s vibrant roasted root vegetable salad from Giadzy. Bursting with colors and flavors, it’s a refreshing palate cleanser that’ll leave everyone ready for in-depth discussion.

The Pinwheel

a platter of pinwheels with Italian meats & cheeses
Don't Sweat The Recipe - get the recipe

Brad’s Italian pinwheels from Don’t Sweat The Recipe are a delightful fusion of savory ingredients wrapped in a flaky pastry. These bite-sized delights are perfect for munching on between lively discussions.

The Dip

whipped ricotta dip with colorful dried cranberries, thyme leaves, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Eatwell 101 - get the recipe

Enjoy the decadence with Eatwell 101’s whipped ricotta dip adorned with balsamic and cranberries. Creamy, tangy, and utterly addictive, it’s the perfect companion for crunchy breadsticks or crisp crudites.

The Sweets

Sugar and Charm - get the recipe
a slice of tiramisu - book club dessert
Broma Bakery - get the recipe

Treat your taste buds to Eden’s heavenly zabaglione from Sugar and Charm and Sarah’s classic tiramisu from Broma Bakery for a sweet finale. These indulgent desserts are the perfect ending to a night filled with laughter, friendship, and a shared love for literature.

While gathering ’round and savoring these Italian-inspired delights, ponder the sheer joy books bring. Whether debating the latest bestseller or waxing nostalgic about literary classics, there’s a certain magic in uniting over tales and giggles. Here’s to the next chapter of your book club escapades, brimming with tasty eats, fabulous company, and boundless inspiration. Cheers to book club happy hours that satisfy both body and soul!

Keep Dancing, Darlene