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For delis looking to offer more regional Italian antipasti products, starting in northern Italy you will find fresh Mozzarella, basil and pesto, polenta fritta, tuna and cannellini beans, balsamic onions, fresh fig, olive tapenade, Prosciutto di Parma and mortadella.
The central region is known for rich sauces, olive oil and famous cheese, dishes using assorted regional meats and cheese such as prosciutto, salami, Gorgonzola, and Fontina should be considered.
The south features bold flavours of tomatoes and herbs, plus dishes such as Romano cheese, garlic and pepper antipasto, black olive tapenade, escarole flat fillet anchovies, sweet and hot soppressata casteIvertrano olives, artichokes, and roasted pepper bruschetta.
By celebrating Italian regional diversity through its antipasti ingredients there is a real opportunity for growth for regional Italian cuisine and its wonderful ingredients in the UK’s growing sharing plate food scene.