Pack an Italian picnic

Kick off your sandals with family and friends, and dig into this make-ahead Italian spread

Italian picnic

Make-ahead Italian picnic

Lisa Romerein

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    Spring picnic

    Try fresh vegetables with garlickly ailoi and an open-face Strawberry Puff


The menu

Sicilian Bruschetta

Antipasti Platter (see next page)

Limoncello Soda

Layered Torta with Ham, Provolone, Spinach, and Herbs

Buttery Semolina Currant Cookies

Packing tips

Next: Pack some antipasti


Pack some antipasti

Fill out your picnic basket with a trip to the deli: Pick up some good salumi (cured meats) and Italian-style cheeses. For a well-rounded selection, choose one or two salumi, one soft and creamy cheese, and one or two firm cheeses. Below are some of our favorites from Northern California; check out what’s made in your area.

Soft and creamy cheeses

Cabecou • Laura Chenel’s Chèvre
Crescenza • Bellwether Farms
Fresh mozzarella • Mozzarella Fresca

Firm cheeses

Mezzo Secco • Vella Cheese Company
Pepato • Bellwether Farms
Serena • Three Sisters Farmstead Cheese


Coppa • P.G. Molinari & Sons
Finocchiona • The Fatted Calf Charcuterie
Prosciutto • Columbus Salumeria
Salametto • Fra' Mani
Soppressata • Fra' Mani


Grissini (Italian breadsticks)
Italian-style olives (marinated with herbs and garlic)
Marinated artichokes

More great portable feasts: Eat well (really well) outdoors

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