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The foods offered before the meal is called the Antipasti. The plates are colorful with a variety of meats, olives, artichokes, eggs, anchovies and other ingredients to create a mini-feast.

An Italian tradition is to create an antipasti with a selection of color, flavor, texture and how well each complements each other. An antipasti is also considered a great way to get everyone socializing together.

*Cindy's Note* Antipasti or Antipasto? I get this question all the time. Here is the literal definition, Antipasto (plural) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichokes, cheese, picked vegetables or meats and drizzled with oil and vinegar! 



  • Hard Salami
  • Good quality Prosciutto, sliced thin
  • Mortadella
  • Log of Soppresetta
  • Marinated artichokes hearts, quartered
  • Roasted red peppers, thinly slices
  • 2-3 boiled eggs, chopped or sliced
  • Olives
  • Anchovies
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt


  1. Decorate your platter with all of the ingredients and before serving drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and a little sea salt.

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