1934, from Italian antipasto, from anti- "before" (see ante) + pasto "food," from Latin pascere "to feed" (see pastor). Early in the day anglicized as antepast (1590).
An Italian dish of cold meats, hors d'oeuvres and veggies, that will be commonly served before the pasta.
- [Italian] cold appetizer assortment. Antipasto may be the Italian term for snacks served before meals. These are dishes to pique one's desire for food, not quench it. This may contain a number of bowls of various types of meals. Typical aspects of an antipasto table are cured meats and salamis, olives, marinated veggies and mozzarella cheese.
a program of appetizers in an Italian meal