Our family version of antipasto began with the second generation “Giordana’s”. They came from Italy to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 1906 and brought with them their Authentic Italian recipes. Our family gatherings traditionally began with antipasto, red wine, garlic bread and animated conversations.
My grandmother and mother were passionate about cooking for their families and it showed by preparation and presentation of delicious traditional Italian dinners. Watching these women cook influenced me in a positive way. I not only have the love for cooking, but the desire to teach and share with others. We have put together our families’ recipe of antipasto to share with all of you.
Antipasto literally means “before the meal”. The main purpose for antipasto was to extend the meal. It started the meal followed by salad, soup, pasta with meat and a light dessert. Each course was enjoyed slowly. The abundance of courses was only part of the experience. The other part was the animated family conversation. The combination of antipasto and conversation maintained our family relationships.
Augusta’s Antipasto is named after my grandma, a picture of my mom decorates the jar and I've named my business to continue the family tradition. We hope you enjoy our antipasto as much as we do.
Photography by Josh Loppnow. of Cedarburg, WI