Charcuterie and cheese are like soulmates – in Italy, we love them so much that there’s almost no meal without them. While this duo is the undiscussed protagonist of any Italian aperitivo, a plate combining charcuterie and cheese is the most common “antipasto”. Do you know what “Antipasto” is? We can translate it as ‘appetizer’ – indeed, it is the course that comes before a meal begins. The word is derived from the Latin root, “anti” meaning “before” and “pastus” means “meal.”
In Italian tradition, the antipasto course features different preparations of vegetables from crudité to grilled vegetables packed in olive oil or in vinegar and spices, small plates of seafood such as vinaigrette anchovies and a selection of charcuterie and cheese. Antipasto is fundamental to Italian dining: some believe that the function of antipasto is to prep the stomach for food, and the temperatures, to come.
Differences between Antipasto and Aperitivo
If you are wondering what are the differences between Antipasto and Aperitivo, here’s the answer for you.
Aperitivo, the Italian ritual that has become very popular worldwide, is a lightly alcoholic or non alcoholic drink to be had before the start of a meal. It is often served with a few little nibbles: a small bowl of chips, a few olives, or a couple strips of focaccia or why not a charcuterie platter. Contrary to antipasto, aperitivo is not part of the meal but rather a pre meal drink – this, is the main difference.
One of the main goals for Veroni is to bring Italian tradition to the USA and to ensure that the traditional Italian products can incorporate into the busy lifestyles of Americans seamlessly. For this reason, we offer a wide range of Antipasto with different cold cuts paired with Italian cheeses that complement each other perfectly. The selection is presented in an easy and convenient packaging, all you need to do is to open it and enjoy it with your loved ones.
One of the pairing of this selection is Salami Milano and smoked Provolone. The well-rounded and delicate taste of this crowd-favorite cold cut goes very well with the smoked notes of Provolone cheese. Check the complete selection, to see what pairings fit you best! Enjoy!