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Antipasto

Antipasto is a selection of appetizers served before a meal. The word is derived from the Italian ante, meaning ‘before’ and pasto meaning ‘meal’. Common elements of an antipasto platter are cured meats and salamis, anchovies, cold fish, olives, tomatoes, marinated vegetables and frittata, but this may vary depending on the region. In most areas of Italy, antipasto are vegetable and meat based, but in coastal areas you are more likely to encounter an antipasto of fish, mussels, anchovies and calamari. Bruschetta, arancini and crostini may also be served as antipasto.