Purchase three or four different meats and count on about 2 slices of each meat per person. For 8 people, you’ll need about 3/4 pound of thinly sliced salami (two or three different kinds) and about 2/3 pound thinly sliced prosciutto. Select two or three cheeses and plan on a total of 1 pound of cheese or about four chunks or slices per person. Offer plenty of olives and about 1/3 cup vegetables per person. Arrange the meats and cheeses on a platter. Add mounds or small bowls of olives, vegetables, and fruit, such as melon or figs, if you like. As Gaetano Martignetti says, “Leftovers are part of the fun.’’ Here are his suggestions.
|Genoa or Milano salami|
VEGETABLES, SIDES, OTHER
|Marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and peppadews|
|Italian bread, French baguette, or focaccia|