No Italian feast is complete without a hefty array of antipasti to kick things off. The complexity of these dishes can vary greatly, ranging from a few slices of artfully arranged salumi to full-blown platters of intricate dishes with as much thought and love put into them as the main course dishes

Pickled or roasted vegetables are often fundamental to a good antipasti spread, and giardiniera is arguably the most iconic of all Italian vegetable antipasti – the assortment of vegetables add welcome, tangy relief to a rich array of salumi like nothing else. For something with a little more punch, the Calabrian speciality of stuffed pickled cherry peppers, filled with a potent mix of tuna and anchovy, is a must-try.

Crostini are another popular addition –