What does the Italian word antipasto mean?

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Antipasto means before the meal, not before the pasta (contrary to popular belief). In Italian cooking, antipasto is a food served before the main or second course. It can consist of cured meats, marinated vegetables and cheeses. The term was used in Florence as early as 1546 and at one point it was reserved for the tables of the wealthy. Check out 8 ways to live longer, Italian style and learn some secrets to longevity -- straight from Italy!
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