In Italy A Sunday Family Dinner Can Take All Afternoon! Yes, every Sunday most Italians enjoy a multitude of courses that rival our traditional Thanksgiving feast. One must take time and savor the delicious food. It truly is a delightful culinary experience. Typically all activities cease and attention is given to the family and the meal. There are usually 10 special courses for the meal and time is taken to enjoy each offering – yes, even the coffee. Let’s begin!
1. Aperitivo – an “apéritif” usually enjoyed as an appetizer before a large meal. It may be Campari, Cinzano, Prosecco, Aperol, Spritz, or Vermouth.
2. Antipasto – literally “before (the) meal”, consists of hot or cold appetizers.
3. Primo – the “first course” consisting of hot dish like pasta, risotto, gnocchi, or soup.
4. Secondo – “second course”, is the main dish, usually fish or meat. Traditionally veal, pork and chicken are most commonly served.
5. Contorno – “side dish”, may be a salad or cooked vegetables, served with the secondo.
6. Insalada – a fresh green salad
7. Formaggio e frutta – “cheese and fruits”, is the first dessert
8. Dolce – “sweet”, such as cakes (like Tiramisu) and cookies.
9. Caffe – strong coffee such as espresso, is often drunk very quickly in small cups at very high temperatures.
10. Digestivo – “digestives”, liquors/liqueurs such as grappa, amaro, limoncello, sambuca, or nocino.