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By: Loretta Sebastiani

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Italian antipasto ideas

In Italy our traditional full menu begins with antipasto, different from north to south. Antipasto can also be called starter. It may be an assorted platter with a lot of tidbits made with fish, meat, vegetables and cereals depending on the circumstances. It may be a small portion of a famous dish too.

italian salami, the photo shows how Italian arrange salami in the serving dish, a typical example of antipasto platter
Assorted antipasto platter, Italian-style

Italian appetizers.

Italian appetizers are famous all over the world.
In the next pages you'll be able to find a great variety of recipe ideas for a classic Italian antipasto platter: assorted salami combined with pickles, bruschetta, crostini, panzerotti, marinated anchovies, clams, olives, artichokes in oil, Russian salad, seafood salad, carpaccio or other tasteful dishes suitable for your get-togethers, Italian style.
Recipes can be traditional or to belong to my original home cooking.
You'll know how to begin a lunch or a dinner party, Italy-style consulting the next pages.
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Italian appetizer recipes

Italian Assorted antipasto platter ideas

assorted antipasto platter for autumn

In the photo you can see a suggestion to assemble a typical seasonal assorted antipasto. The season is autumn as evidenced by radicchio and grapes. Many other proposals await you!

Italian Cold seafood starter ideas

Boiled salt cod seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice

The photo you see here is a great example of a cold seafood dish that you can actually serve warm too. In Italy we call it "Baccalà conzo" that is "conzo salt cod". I like a lot it because simple but tasty. In the page you'll be able to find recipe ideas with oysters, shrimp, other seafood ... and also hot cherry peppers stuffed with tuna in olive oil and anchovies.

Italian cold meat starter ideas

Veal shank salad

There is a great choice in this directory. Just think of ham or mortadella mousse, pate recipes, veal in tuna sauce, prosciutto and melon, aspic dishes and so on ...

Italian hot vegetarian starter ideas

cauliflower mini flan served as appetizers

This directory is dedicated to vegetarians but not only to them. In fact, I often prepare vegetarian starters for my full menus when they are rich in courses and ingredients. In this case omelettes, mini flans, sliced savory pies ... can be very useful!

Italian cold vegetarian starter ideas

hard-boiled eggs garnished with mayonnaise sauce

We Italians are masters in garnishing boiled eggs, seasoning olives or fresh fruit, combining bread with tomatoes (panzanella), making ice-creams with vegetables and cheese ...

Italian hot seafood starter ideas

Beccafico sardines served in a white platter, Sicilian recipe

Warm seafood appetizers are really a lot. Soups from shellfish (mussels, clams), stuffed sardines (sarde a beccafico), grilled scallops, bruschetta with fish on the top, grilled specialties including cuttlefish ... the list is really long.

Italian hot meat starter ideas

vegetables stuffed with sausage

Among warm meat appetizers I put arancini because they have a meat heart, vegetables stuffed with sausage and tigelle or fried gnocco because they are served accompanied with cold cuts. Soon many other recipes.


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