While visiting Tuscany this past Autumn, almost every meal began with an antipasti; signifying the beginning of the meal. It’s a first course served to create anticipation of the meal to come, as well as stimulate the appetite without filling the stomach. Much like the French hors d’oeuvres and Spanish tapas or the American appetizer, Antipasti sets the stage for the dinner meal.
In Tuscany, antipasti usually consists of assorted dry cured meats, olives, cheese, roasted peppers, Crostini, marinated artichokes and traditional Bruschetta. For a special occasion or light lunch the traditional pappa al pomodoro, ribollita (a lovely cabbage and bread stew) and rosemary white beans might be served.
Antipasti is the perfect starter for holiday celebrations, special occasions, dinner parties or social events. Lovely nibbles to build excitement of the event.
Holiday Antipasti Platter
This my favorite assortment of antipasti, including two of my favorite crostini and a traditional bruschetta. Many of these were served for lunch or before dinner while visiting Tuscany with the Storytellers. A delicious combination that pairs beautifully with all the DaVinci wines.
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!
PS: Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Years Eve!