An old Italian traditional book says: Antipasto is that thing that after trying it you don't want anything else. "GLI ANTIPASTI SONO QUELLA COSA CHE DOPO NON-SI MANGIA ALTRO" Even though this phrase is grammatically not correct, it expresses a great truth... "Antipasti" is a true temptation that serves as healthy appetizers.
They are often that good that we want to eat them all and boycott the meal that follows.
Antipasto literally means before the meal. In Italian cuisine, as well as in other European countries, this typically consists of savory foods such as cheeses, cold cuts, cured meats, olives, prosciutto, toasted bread and raw or marinated vegetables, served as first course or appetizer usually topped off with some olive oil. Antipasto Preparing wonderful appetizers make it possible to resolve with fantasy a supper meal with friends, proposing then a fast warm plate.
Nowadays not only traditional ingredients are used for the preparation, but numerous adaptations and new recipes have been created.
At home some "Antipasti" is based on; cured or smoked meats and sausages, olives, salted anchovies, sardines, fresh or pickled vegetables, shellfish, peppers, and cheeses are favoured and some pasta variations, while restaurant presentations add to those, dishes such as seafood salads, stuffed mushrooms, Vitello tonnato(cold braised veal), etc.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE TEMPTING ANTIPASTI I HAVE PREPARED FOR YOU!!
I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU...
Since I have lived in many different countries and all of them with a very strong European influence, I can tell you that the main purpose of Antipasto is to extend the meal. Whatever the name is, Antipasto in Italy, Pasapalos in Venezuela, Entremïs in Spain, Petisco or Aperitivo In Portugal, that is the perfect excuse to share and to maintain relationships with friends and family.
Traditional European dining is about enjoying the food and experiencing the meal as well as a good conversation. A typical Italian meal, consist of antipasto, salad, soup, pasta and a meat dish, perhaps followed by a light dessert, wine, and cafï.