How to Make an Antipasti Plate

4 simple tips for an Italian-style first course

Pick a variety of flavors, colors and textures:

  • Sliced cured meats such as prosciutto and soppressata
  • Hard and soft Italian cheeses
  • Jarred vegetables like roasted red peppers and olives
  • A spread such as chicken liver or roasted garlic
  • Sliced crusty bread


Keep it Simple

Serve five or six great choices instead of 10 so-so ones.

No Cooking Necessary
Antipasti are room-temperature nibbles designed to prime your appetite – no need to warm or toast anything. Take cheese and meat out of the fridge about an hour before guests arrive.

Go Rustic
Forget the fancy platters. Serve everything on a wooden cutting board or pizza peel.

Photograph by Tina Rupp