Olives and peppers, mozzarella and pepperoni; prosciutto and salami, before rigatoni; smelly aged cheeses hung from the ceiling by strings—these are a few of my favorite things! If I had a choice, along with a loaf of bread, quality olive oil, really old balsamic, and wine, those would be the adornments on the plate of my last meal. Come to think of it, all of that melt-in-your mouth fat swirling around would probably finish me off for good.
On Sundays, my family and I will often enjoy a bunch of goodies from the Italian deli before and alongside of dinner. I’m a big fan of the spicy red and green stuffed cherry peppers, which are a common staple behind Italian deli counters. The places by me will sometimes stuff them with a chunk of provolone wrapped in prosciutto. Other times, we’ll get ones packed with what looks like a mixture of different chopped-up dried salami; I’m not exactly sure what it is, all I know it that it’s really good. Either way, my mouth literally begins to water as soon as I crack open the lid of the plastic deli container and the smell of spicy peppers marinating together with flavor-saturated stuffing jumps up into my senses.