22 Jan 2014
January 22, 2014

A Guide to an Italian Meal

A typical Italian meal consists of the following courses:

  1. Aperitivo – apéritif usually enjoyed as an appetizer before a large meal which may be a Campari, Cinzano, Prosecco, Aperol, Spritz or a Vermouth.
  2. This is followed by Antipasto literally “before the meal”, hot or cold appetizers.
  3. Next is the Primo or the “first course” which usually consists of a hot dish like pasta, risotto, gnocchi, or soup.
  4. Next is Secondo or the “second course”, the main dish, usually fish or meat. Traditionally veal, pork and chicken are most commonly used.
  5. A Contorno or “side dish” usually accompanies the Seconde which may be a salad or cooked vegetables. A traditional menu may also feature a salad along with the main course.
  6. The first of the desserts, Formaggio e frutta or “cheese and fruits” consists of local italian cheeses which can also be part of the antipasto or Contorno courses as well.
  7. Another dessert Dolce or the “sweet” are served such as cakes like Tiramisu or cookies.
  8. After all this food, Caffè or coffee is served.
  9. Finally a Digestivo or “digestives” which includes liquors/liqueurs  such as Grappa, Amaro, Limoncello, Sambuca, Nocino. This can sometimes be referred to as Ammazza Caffè or “coffee killer”.

Italian Meal Courses

At G&O Foods is an importer of a vast array of authentic Italian food and wine for all the courses above.