Antipasto is a kind of appetizer, a small dish you order before your entree. Antipasto is on the menu at many Italian restaurants.

  • Pronunciation: /,ɑntɪ'pɑsto/
  • English Description: food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)
  • Synonyms: appetizer
  • Chinese Translation: 前菜(qian2 cai4)
  • Spanish Translation: la entrada
  • ORIGIN: In Italy, a traditional meal begins with antipasto, which generally includes cheese, cured meat, and pickled vegetables. In the US, antipasto is thought of as an hors d’oeuvre or an appetizer. The word itself, antipasto, means "before the meal," from the roots anti-, "before," and pasto, "food." The plural of antipasto is antipasti.


  • Have it with the grilled octopus and calamari antipasto or with the spaghetti with sea urchin and squid ink bottarga.
  • For the accompanying recipe, I took cues from a typical antipastoplatter and used roasted peppers, marinated artichokes and green olives.

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