/an'ti pah"stoh, -pas"toh/; It. /ahn'tee pahs"taw/, n., pl. antipastos, antipasti /-pah"stee, -pas"tee/; It. /-pahs"tee/. Italian Cookery.
a course of appetizers consisting of an assortment of foods, as olives, anchovies, sliced sausage, peppers, and artichoke hearts.
[1580-90; < It, equiv. to anti- ( < L ante- ANTE-) + pasto food < L pastus pasturage, feeding ground, orig. the act of feeding, equiv. to pas- s. of pascere to feed + -tus suffix of v. action]

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      in Italian cuisine, a first course or appetizer (q.v.). In the home, cured or smoked meats and sausages, olives, salted anchovies, sardines, fresh or pickled vegetables, shellfish, peppers, and cheeses are favoured, while restaurant presentations add to these elaborate prepared dishes such as seafood salads, stuffed mushrooms, vitello tonnato (cold braised veal in tuna mayonnaise), and the like.

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