With the warm temperatures of summer now upon us, countless people will take to the outdoors to bask in the summer sun. This includes activities like going to the beach, or as we’ll be focusing on in today’s blog, going to the park for a picnic! Here at Strega North End, we pride ourselves on serving delicious Italian food, and as such, in this blog, we’ll be giving you tips on how to have the ultimate Italian-inspired picnic this summer! If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more information.
All About Antipasto
Authentic Italian cuisine has a tendency to be relatively light and simple, yet delicious, and this manifests in antipasto – or what is essentially Italian “small bites” or “appetizers”. One of the most universal Italian antipasto dishes can be likened to a charcuterie, or meat and cheese board, a platter typically consisting of various meats, cheese, and other small foods.
Common antipasto boards include meats like prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni, as well as cheeses such as parmesan, mozzarella, and burrata. Many boards have also featured olives, grapes, and even strawberries, perhaps to incorporate more sweet and sour tastes. When it comes to making your own meat and cheese board, your imagination is the only limit! An antipasto board is excellent for picnics, as it is easy to prepare, portable enough, but most of all, delicious and ready to be enjoyed at the park, or wherever you choose to have your picnic.
Can’t Forget the Wine!
If legal and responsible to do so, there is no going wrong with enjoying some wine along with the rest of your picnic! Wine is a cornerstone of Italian cuisine, and when it’s not being used in food recipes, it is drunk by countless people, both in Italy and across the world. For a picnic in the summertime, many would suggest enjoying a white wine, citing its light and often citrusy quality, however, any type of wine will do. Wine pairs excellently with the aforementioned antipasto meats and cheeses, along with innumerable other dishes in Italian cuisine. For your summer picnic adventure, why not bring along a bottle of your favorite wine?
Looking For Quality Italian Food in Boston’s North End? Visit us at Strega!
Whatever brings you into the North End, we’d love to see you here at Strega. Offering a delicious selection of Italian food and drink, Strega is located on historic Hanover Street right here in the North End! Call us at 617-523-8481 to make a reservation today!
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