Antipasto

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Antipasto Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    antipasto n : a course of appetizers in an Italian meal
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Antipasto (plural antipasti), means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, roasted garlic, pepperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella) and peperone (marinated small green bell peppers, not to be confused with peperoncini). The antipasto is usually topped off with olive oil.

Many compare antipasto to hors d'oeuvre, but antipasto is served at the table and signifies the official beginning of the Italian meal. It may be referred to as a starter, or an entrée outside the United States and English Canada.

The term "antipasti" has appeared on U.S. restaurant menus since 1911, if not earlier.

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  • Assemble an antipasto platter
    An Italian antipasto platter is a colorful, enticing and simple put-together lunch or dinner. This quick one can be assembled in just a few minutes, and it won’t break the calorie bank. Use it as a guide and add your own special touch. You can add any type of vegetable to the platter. Read more on this news related to 'Antipasto'
  • How to make antipasto pizza from scratch
    Stock up on fresh vegetables and pasta sauce for this tasty homemade pizza topped with antipasto favourites. Read more on this news related to 'Antipasto'
  • Trevi Pasta: A little taste of Italy
    There's a new taste of Italian fare in Central Florida: Trevi Pasta in the heart of Orlando's College Park neighborhood specializes in from-scratch pastas, sauces and antipasto. Read more on this news related to 'Antipasto'

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