January 14, 2020

Antipasto or Antipasti? The Making of an Italian Tradition

At Grico’s, we love an Italian flare in our menu. In fact, we dedicated an entire catering menu to the Italian classic antipasto. But what is antipasto and what can you expect to find on your dish?

The Origins.

Antipasto means “before the meal.”  Typically, this dish would be served on special occasions or during the holidays. According to Food Republic, “In rural Italy years ago every family had a pig, which was killed each year so that different cuts of cured meat would be available in the larder (pantry). The family also made numerous jars of preserved vegetables and their own cheese. All this produce would be carefully assembled to be enjoyed as an antipasto or starter.”

Antipasto vs. Antipasti?

Technically both are correct. Antipasto is the singular form of the word while antipasti are the plural form. But how about antipasta? Antipasta is a colloquialism for “antipasto,” a mistranslation of “before the pasta.”

So if you’re sitting down for a traditional Italian meal, sick with antipasto.

The Making of the Dish.

The beauty of an antipasto is that it can be whatever you have available or enjoy eating. Common menu items you may be presented include but are not limited to:

  • Sliced deli meats such as salami, spicy capicola, prosciutto, mortadella, and bresaola
  • Cheese assortment
  • Olives
  • Roasted peppers
  • Bread

Antipasto is served on a platter or mixed together depending on the family recipe. 

So what can you expect from a Grico’s Antipasto?

We are all about variety. Our antipasto menu includes items such as:

  • Meats: prosciutto, soprasetta, lonza, salami, mortadella, and pepperoni
  • Cheese: grana padana, brie, blue, humboldt fog, d’affinois, camembert, and aged provolone
  • Italian Specialities: pepper shooters, roasted peppers, assorted olives, pepperoncini, Italian sausage, grape tomato and mozzarella basil shooters, cantaloupe gazpacho shooters, and bruschetta
  • Salads: green bean with balsamic, Tuscan bean, quinoa tabbouleh, hummus and tzatziki with pita, marinated mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella salad
  • Seafood: smoked or poached salmon, and green lip mussels

When you book an antipasto catering station from Grico’s, you’ll receive 15 loaves of assorted round peasant-style bread or baguette.

Serve Up Antipasto Grico’s Style!

Take this Italian classic and incorporate it into your next special event! Contact our catering coordinator, Allison, to discuss details. Email her at afriedman@gricosrestaurant.com or give her a call at 570-690-3339.

Grand Re-Opening of Fire and Ice on Toby Creek!

Our restaurants are expanding! Join us on January 17th for the grand opening of Fire and Ice on Toby Creek. Happy hour is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with $2 off all house wines, draft beer, and well liquors. There will also be a late-night happy hour every Friday and Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.You can expect the same stellar service as you receive at all Friedman Property Management restaurants, right in the Back Mountain. 

We look forward to serving you at all of our fine establishments:                   

The Beaumont Inn;

The River Street Jazz Cafe;



Cork Bar & Restaurant;

Le Manhattan Bistro;

Fire and Ice