Eating Italian Style from your host, Damian Mandola
Cari Amici, Let me introduce you to the way of eating in the Italian manner. A meal usually consists of four course, although I have been involved in feasts in Italy that easily bested this number.
The Antipasto or appetizer (anti-before; pasto-meal) is a small tast of salumi (cured meats) and/or marinated vegetables, olives, and seafood. The Primo, or first course, is usually pasta, rice, risotto, or soup. The Secondo, or second course, consists of fish, meat, poultry, or game. Eaten along with the Secondo, one usually orders a Contorno or side dish of a vegetable or salad. The Italian meal is then ended with Frutta e Formaggio, fresh fruit and cheese. Not a part of the four courses discussed about, dolci and caffe, dessert and coffee, if desired, are normally taken at a Caffe or Gelateria after a passeggiata (stroll) to the nearest piazza (town square). Because there is no Caffe or Gelateria in Driftwood, we invite you to enjoy our delicious coffee and dessert here at Lisina. By this time, I bet you are wondering where the Pizze fits in to the lineup. Even though pizza is in a category by itself and not really a part of the traditional succession of courses in a classic Italian meal, you can share a pizza as an appetizer or you can have a whole pizza for yourself as an entrée. Heck, I’ve had pizza for breakfast!
Benvenuti e Buon Appetito! Damian
All coffee comes regular or decaf