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Italian explained

In Italy, dinner is not just dinner – it is an event. A formal Italian meal can be a 10-course gourmet spectacular and even a weekday dinner will include antipasti and a pasta primo before secondi. So if you’re proud of your spag Bol and Italian kisses, prepare to be educated

APERITIVO

Guests are welcomed with a drink – a glass of Prosecco perhaps or a cocktail (Negroni on ice, anyone?) – and a few artfully chosen nibbles. And so it begins …

MISTO

Technically an antipasti platter, Italians are mad about their misto and every region has their own precious varieties, such as bresaola from Lombardy, ham from Parma (duh) and prosciutto from Emilia. Take your pick from these at Woolies.

Cured-meat-platter

ANTIPASTI

More substantial than snacks, every great Italian meal starts with small, flavourful bites to whet the appetito. You could just serve crostini, but we have better ideas. Like these.

PRIMI

The first course is soup, pasta or risotto and – importante! – it is served in small portions. But if you’re a slave to gluten and can’t hold back, just skip the next course. We would.

SECONDI

This course involves meat or fish and can differ according to the region, but pork is widely available.

CONTORNI

The meat needn’t always be the head of the familia, sometimes the sides are just as important. Just remember to serve the salad after the main course.

INSALATE

If you’re serving leafy contorni, you could skip the salad or serve a caprese as part of the antipasto.

DOLCI

The Italian dessert course is typically preceded by cheese (like these) and fruit and followed by caffé, a digestivo like grappa and a nap.

FORMAGGI

Make like a continental and serve a selection of Woolworths’ Italian cheeses with fruit before dessert. (Psst… This chocolate panna cotta is a classic example of an authentic Italian dessert).

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The TASTE team is a happy bunch of keen cooks and writers, always on the look out for the next food trend or the next piece of cake.

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