Antipasti & Snacks
The first course (literally 'before the meal'), antipasti are more about sharp flavours to whet the appetite rather than large quantities. They can be hot, warm or cold, as simple as a bowl of olives or involve seafood, salumi, salads, sott'aceti (pickles), and sott'oli, cheeses, crostini or bruschette, stuzzichini or rustici. And the inevitable bread sticks, or grissini, which at a fancy bar in Turin will be homemade, and perhaps come wrapped in a thin slice of prosciutto with white truffle butter.
As many classic Italian snacks also appear as antipasti, we've put them in the same category.