Thursday, June 14, 2012

Aperitivo/Dinner all'italiana (italian style)

This is actually some of my favorite food all put together on a cutting board. Because sometimes cooking is a drag. Because sometimes I just want a glass of wine after a long day at work. Because I don't want to use plates and forks but mostly I don't want to clean them up.

In Italy this wonderful invention is called Aperitivo: in theory it should only be a pre-dinner social meet up where you have a glass of wine and some snacks but in many parts of Italy this has turned into the Aperi-cena (meaning half aperitivo half dinner) because you can end up eating and drinking so much that you don't have to go have dinner.

Any selection of cured meats and cheeses would work, here's what was on my cutting board:

French Brie
Mozzarella (buy it locally because the imported ones loose their taste while traveling)
Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (remember that the end cut is always the sweetest most tender part)
Vermont Cheddar
Salame Felino

As vegetables I had:
Fresh seasonal salad with fennel, radish, mixed greens, peppers (with extra virgin olive oil, salt and balsamic vinaigre)
Tomato Salad (with just a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and salt)

A lot of bread.... a lot of your favorite red wine....

Real Italian Kitchen 

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