Italian BBQ: Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria


An Italian BBQ party explores Italian flavors straight from the grill. While Italian food is best known for pasta and sauces, there are some great Italian flavors that make for delicious grilling. Grilled Italian food is sure to please a crowd and bring praise.


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How To Use “Flavor Profiles”
To Create The Perfect Cookout Or Barbecue

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe the key to a fantastic cookout or barbecue is to have food choices that go well together and flavors that compliment each other. And what better way to ensure your cookout is a success than to use well-known, time-tested flavor profiles.

For our purposes, a “flavor profile” is the immediately identifiable combination of flavors that define a specific cuisine. It is how different regional ingredients are put together to create a unique and memorable dining experience.

For example, the idea of “Mexican food” conjures different food images and produces the anticipation of different flavors than if I say “Asian food” or “Cajun food”.

Ideally, creating the perfect cookout menu should be as simple as possible. To simplify the process, we create fictitious restaurants with flavor profiles famous the world over. As a result, each restaurant has a collection of recipes and food choices that makes creating the perfect cookout menu a snap.

Just put together a menu from the same flavor profile “restaurant”, and you are sure to have a memorable cookout or backyard BBQ that keeps your friends and family talking for weeks to come.

Italian BBQ Flavor Profile:
Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria


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Time to throw an Italian BBQ party? Simply head to the Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria flavor profile. There you will find a collection of recipes chosen to transport you to Italy around a smoking grill.

Flavor Profile: Garlic, onions, basil, pesto, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, pine nuts, tomatoes, artichokes, olives, olive oil, oregano, lemon, fennel, flat-leaf parsley, red pepper flakes, rosemary, capers, white beans and balsamic vinegar.

Inspiration: Italian food has one of the most easily identifiable flavor profiles. From salad dressing to pasta sauce, Italian food rarely disappoints. Now imagine those flavors combined with classic grilled items and sides.

Think dining al fresco with grilled beef, pork and chicken dishes and the classic combination of Italian flavors.

My Take: Grilled steaks, pork and chicken with Italian inspired spice mixes, Italian inspired BBQ sauce and flavored oils and table sauces that scream Mediterranean. Combine that with Italian flavored side dishes, and you have a great cookout with flavors that are sure to please.

Italian BBQ Inspiration

Maybe you need some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing for your Italian BBQ party.

Pasta dishes and pizza is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of “Italian food”. So, it might surprise you how popular Italian grilled food is. Check out this Italian Festival to see lots of grilled ribs, sausages and skewers.



Now let’s check out how they BBQ in Northern Italy.



Want to see lots (and I mean lots), of grilled ribs, Italian style? Just check out this video.



OK, now that you are inspired, let’s talk about creating a praiseworthy Italian BBQ menu.

Italian BBQ Food Choices

We all have our favorite cuts of meat, pork and chicken. And we believe everyone should be free to pick their favorites when throwing a backyard cookout for friends and family. Therefore, we provide cooking instructions for a wide variety of meats… perfect for the grill. (*Indoor cooking instructions also provided*)


Beef: Rib Eye Steak, N.Y. Strip Steak, Hanger Steak, Flat Iron Steak, Flank Steak & Skirt Steak Pork: Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops & Pork Ribs (Baby Back Ribs and Spare Ribs) Chicken: Chicken Breast & Chicken Pieces (Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks)


When you take your favorite cuts of beef, pork and chicken and add the flavors associated with Italian food… you have everything you need for a delicious Italian BBQ.

Italian BBQ Menu Example

Let's look at just ONE Italian inspired menu you can put together using Lou M. Penn’s Recipes and the Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria flavor profile.


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The main event...

Tuscan Seasoned & Grilled Flank Steak
served with Italian Salsa Verde

Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic BBQ Sauce
served with Hot Chili Oil

Lemon & Herb Marinated Chicken Breasts
served with Artichoke Salsa

And on the side, your choice of…

Creamy Pesto Potato Salad, Tortellini Pasta Salad, White Bean & Tomato Salad and Italian Coleslaw


Don't forget, by using the recipes found in the Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria flavor profile, you can create this Italian BBQ menu AND MANY MANY MORE.

Italian BBQ Recipes

Included in the Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria flavor profile you get all the recipes you need to create the perfect Italian BBQ party…


  • 5 Italian inspired spice mix recipes
  • 4 Italian inspired flavored butters
  • 5 Italian inspired brine and marinade recipes
  • 1 Italian inspired BBQ sauce recipes
  • 10 Italian inspired condiment recipes
  • 8 Italian inspired side dish recipes


Variety is the spice of life...

Varying the cuts of beef, pork and chicken and changing the combination of spice mixes, marinades, sauces and sides, you can create an endless amount of Italian BBQ menus that will be a pleasant surprise for your friends and family.

Easiest Way To Plan A Italian BBQ Party

Here at Superstar Cookout Menus, we believe planning and preparation go a long way to throwing a backyard cookout that is both delicious and seemingly effortless to prepare.

This is why we have developed a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing to chance. To clarify, go through this slideshow to see how to plan the perfect Italian BBQ party.


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We give you everything you need to plan your party, plan your menu and finalize your cookout plan. As a result, your backyard cookout is both crowd-pleasing and comes off without a hitch.

Just follow the step-by-step plan for an Italian BBQ:

      1. Choose the Nonno Giovanni's Trattoria flavor profile
      2. Print and fill in the Cookout Party Planner
      3. Go over Sample Menus to get inspired
      4. Check out the recipes & print and fill in Menu Planners
      5. Use the Blank Recipe Template to add any family favorites with the same flavor profile
      6. Print and fill in the Menu Brainstormer with all the recipes you’ll need
      7. Create your Recipe Binder to put the recipes at your fingertips
      8. Print and fill in the Grocery List
      9. Print and fill in the Cookout Schedule so you know what to do and when to do it
      10. ENJOY your cookout and impress your friends and family


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