Americans are quickly catching on to the European style of eating small, tasty dishes. Tapas bars offering Spanish-style delicacies are drawing crowds nationwide and "small plate" restaurants are increasingly popular. Fans of Italian food now have the opportunity to create the tempting little dishes served at wine bars, osterias, sidewalk cafes, and homes throughout Italy. Fantastico!is the ideal source for stunning hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, unusual buffet dishes and snacks, the perfect accompaniments to wines, beer, and spirits, and surprising additions to everyday and formal meals. Rick Tramonto’s terrific recipes, accompanied by wine recommendations, and his tips on buying the best ingredients, provide readers with the inspiration and the know-how they need to make a big impression by thinking small. The selection includes such palate-pleasers as clams casino and grilled prosciutto-wrapped figs; innovative ideas for grilled breads with robust toppings (bruschetta) and little toasts with refined topping (crostini); an extraordinary variety of panini, along with wonderful Venetian-style, open-faced mini-sandwiches (cicchetti); and a delightful assortment of simple-to-prepare dishes—including a spectacular tuna salad with a caper and herb vinaigrette—that will enliven traditional antipasti platters and can serve as the centerpiece of a light meal for family and friends. With more than 100 delightfully simple recipes and beautiful full-color photographs,Fantastico!is a great addition to the contemporary kitchen and the perfect gift for the holidays.