antipasto

Pronunciation: [ahn-tee-PAHS-toh; an-tee-PAST-oh]

Literally meaning "before the meal," this Italian term refers to hot or cold hors d'oeuvre. An assortment of antipasti could include appetizers such as cheese, cured meats, olives, smoked fish and marinated vegetables.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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