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Holiday Antipasti Platter



Antipasti platter with crostini, salumi, and cheese

Holiday Antipasti Platter with Assorted Cheese, Salumi and Crostini

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.

I created this platter for DaVinci Wine and it can be found on their Facebook page. Just click HERE.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love!

Buon Appetito,


PS: Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Years Eve!


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  • Reply
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    December 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Such a perfect start to practically any meal! Happy New Year Karista!!!

    • Reply
      December 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Alyssa! Happy and Healthy New year wishes to you!!

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    Marie (gardenfreshtomatoes)
    December 31, 2013 at 4:07 am

    A lovely feast!
    Happy New Year to you and Ranger Craig and those Sassy Gals!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Marie!! And Happy New Year to you and your darling grandbabies. 🙂

  • Reply
    December 31, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Antipasta should be the start of all meals. Or hell just a meal in itself.
    Happy New Year to you and yours. May 2014 be a time of settling and letting your shoulders relax.
    xo wendy

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    December 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Happy New Year! I just love the photos. Looks so delish. Has all my favorites of assorted Cheese, salumi and crostin. Oh, to be in Italy again!

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    Coco in the Kitchen
    December 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Love the fresh look of your site, Karista.

    Antipasti could serve as dinner for me. Who needs another dish?
    Happy 2014!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    January 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Antipasti is a perfect beginning to a meal. Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy 2014.

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