Dining in Italy is a celebration. The meal consists of five essential courses: Appetizer or Antipasto First Course or Primo Second Course or Secondo Side Dish or Contorno Dessert or Dolce In addition to the essentials, an Aperitivo is the celebratory beginning of most Italian meals. It's also not unusual to find a salad and cheese dish added. And to round out the event, espresso and after dinner drinks always make up the grand finale. Dining in the Italian tradition is not an event to rush. The dishes are prepared and served fresh, along with the appropriate wines, leaving plenty of time between courses to visit, joke, laugh, and have a great time.Between dishes is a time used to get up and move around the table and get to know other guests. Being social and active is part of the celebrated experience. Rushing is not allowed, so be prepared for an experience that will last throughout the evening. After the coffee, when you have a look at your watch, you may be surprised that your dinner lasted four or more hours. Viva Italia . Celebrate I talian Heritage Month

APERITIVO The Aperitivo opens a meal, and it is similar to an appetizer. An Aperitivo is the course served as guests arrive. Guests get a glass of wine from the region or a glass of Prosecco. Small bites are usually, but not always, offered. These might include bowls filled with olives and nuts, and the range can be more hardy selections like cheese bites served with grissini.  WINE SELECTION: Caposaldo Prosecco DOC ANTIPASTO

Antipasto is a slightly heavier dish than the Aperitivo, yet lighter than the first course. Serve Antipasto cold. Here is an opportunity to use your imagination and creativity. Select cuts of meats like salami, mortadella, prosciutto, and bre- saola and add an assortment of cheeses. Make a real impression by adding smoked salmon and boiled or sautéed prawns.

Garnish with fresh-cut vegetables and fruit, and fresh-cut herbs from your garden. Serve with a variety of mustards, crackers, and crusty bread. WINE SELECTION: Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti Superiore


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