The Italians have a wholly different attitude to the serving of vegetables than the British. They see no need to accompany their main courses with a large selection of other inappropriate vegetables. They will usually serve one vegetable dish at the same time as the main course, plus possibly some potatoes.
The differences between vegetable contorni and vegetable antipasti are often blurred. Many of the dishes listed at the beginning of the book make suitable accompaniments.
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