Antipasto, meaning "before the meal," is meant to be something little to eat before your meal to entice the appetite and complement the meal. Italians know how to do appetizers right because these appetizers are light, yet delicious and easily shareable. Keep portion sizes small so appetites are still there before the main course meal. A lot of antipasti specialties are quite simple and take little time to prepare, especially if you use quality prepared ingredients. Our Napoli and Marino line offer many prepared vegetables and our Antica Corte and Il Buon Sapore brands offer specialty cured meats.
For those of you who don't know, crostini are thin, small slices of toasted bread, usually brushed with olive oil. They are then topped with rich and flavorful cheeses, seafood or vegetables. Bruschetta is toasted whole, wide slices of rustic bread with a similar concept. These are very versatile additions to any appetizer menu, as you can switch toppings based on the current seasonal favorites at the time. Try out different flavors and textures to find the perfect bite.
An Antipasto salad is a mix of assorted antipasto ingredients like cured meats, pickled vegetables, cheeses and olives all tossed in some romaine or iceberg lettuce. This too, is easily customizable and fairly quick to put together. Serve with your favorite vinaigrette dressing. Recipe to Antipasto Salad is here, however, you can pretty much create it the way you desire.
Antipasti platters are colorfully presented foods like marinated vegetables, salted olives, rustic bread, deli meats and rich cheeses. The beauty of an antipasti platter is that it’s flexible in how you make it. This is a great option to create for a catered event or on a smaller scale for your appetizer menu. A general guide on what to include can be found here.
What to keep in mind when creating the platter: