You can assemble various foods into an attractive spread easily. Antipasto calls for serving an array of cheeses, meats, breads, olives, and vegetables on a large platter. Assembling antipasto is 50 percent presentation.

An antipasto platter can include these items (and many others!):

  • Mozzarella, provolone, fontina, Parmesan, or goat cheese (cubed or thinly sliced)

  • Thinly sliced ham, prosciutto, and Genoa salami

  • Rounds of pepperoni or sopressata salami

  • Thin slices of mortadella (a garlic-flavored bologna) or capicola (made from cured pork)

  • Cooked shrimp (best if tossed in a vinaigrette dressing)

  • Canned anchovies, sardines, or tuna packed in olive oil; drained

  • Canned chickpeas tossed in vinaigrette dressing

  • Sun-dried tomatoes in oil, grape tomatoes, halved cherry tomatoes

  • Marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, capers, roasted cipollini onions

  • Assorted black and green olives

  • Assorted fresh vegetables

  • Sliced ripe pears, melon, figs, or small bunches of grapes

  • Flavored breads, breadsticks, and flatbreads