Antipasti is a traditional Italian starter that consists of delicacies such as salami, prosciutto, marinated olives and Italian cheese. Prepared foods include pinzimonio and roasted pepper salad.
Pinzimonio consists of cut-up vegetables served with a basic dip. Cut vegetables such as carrots, celery, radishes and bell peppers into strips. In a small serving bowl, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper for the dip.
To make roasted pepper salad, arrange red and orange bell peppers on a foil-covered baking sheet. Place under the broiler. Broil the peppers until the skin blackens and blisters. Turn the peppers so all sides are mostly blackened. Place the peppers in a plastic bag, and set aside until cool.
Scrape the blackened skin off the peppers. Remove the seeds, and cut the peppers into strips. Add 1/3 cup sliced kalamata olives, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons drained capers, chopped fresh basil and minced garlic to the peppers. Toss to coat, and season with salt and pepper.
To marinate olives at home, whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Heat until just fragrant, about one minute. Remove from heat, and combine with 1.5 cups Sicilian cracked green olives and 1.5 cups kalamata olives. Add chopped basil, and toss to coat.