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Few culinary offerings are as satisfying and easy to assemble as antipasto, a beautiful selection of cured meats, cheeses, olives, dips and bread. In Italy, the dish is traditionally served at the beginning of the meal, but we think anytime is the perfect time to indulge in a plate of goodness with a glass of wine.
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So you’re sweet on spaghetti and fond of fettuccine while penne and fusilli are cupboard staples but there are actually hundreds of pasta shapes, each uniquely suited to particular dishes.
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Delicious five-ingredient pasta dishes. From the AOL Partner Studio
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There are several different wine-making regions across the globe, with new "hot" areas popping-up all the time -- even in Canada. But if numbers tell us anything, it's that we like our classics, our tried and true, our comforting favourites; and a lot of that comes from Italy. Here are some favourites from the region that you can pick up at your local liquor store.