Rice dish recipe for starters -- it's too complicated (7)
I believe the answer is:
'rice dish' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)
'recipe for starters it's too complicated' is the wordplay.
'for starters' says to take the initial letters.
'complicated' indicates anagramming the letters.
The first letter of 'recipe' is 'r'.
'itstoo' with letters rearranged gives 'isotto'.
(Other definitions for risotto that I've seen before include "dishy thing!" , "Italian dish cooked with broth" , "Perhaps Italian" , "Savoury rice dish" , "scoff" .)