Best Antipasti

Marzano on College

Those savory little appetite-primers known as appetizers are our favorite part of any meal, whether they're the tapas of Spain, the zakuski of Russia, the mezes of the Middle East, or (best of all) the antipasti of Italy. At Marzano's Rockridge trattoria the antipasti is appetizing indeed, offering a menu of lusty Neapolitan snacks that are distinctive enough to make a memorable meal all on their own. Opt for juicy, smoky wood-fired meatballs served on a bed of Swiss chard and prosciutto; Sicilian rice balls stuffed with mozzarella, pine nuts, and golden raisins; pan-roasted octopus draped with preserved lemon and arugula; bruschetti topped with prosciutto, corona beans, or house-pulled mozzarella; a feathery fritto misto of asparagus, summer squash, fennel, and cauliflower; eggplant fritters with currants, pecorino, and a dollop of tomato jam. You also can order an antipasti board piled with snap peas, radishes, prosciutto, watercress, and grilled goat cheese wrapped in grape leaves. Abondanza!

Previously in Best of the East Bay

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