What is Antipasto and What Does it Include – Guide to Antipasto: Italian Appetizers that Come Before the Meal
Antipasto literally means “before the meal” and varies from province to province in Italy. Similar to French hors d’oeuvres or Spanish tapas, antipasto is a combination of small bites of tasty food, usually accompanied by wine (see our wine basics guide) or beer and meant to stimulate the appetite before sitting for the main meal.
The rule of thumb for Italian anitpasto is that there are no rules. You could probably make an Italian antipasto from some basic, yet high quality, ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Typically, antipasto includes any combination of the following items:
Some of Our Favorite Antipasto
Our favorite types of antipasto are simple and straightforward and include: