Tagliere Italiano

a not-so-traditional tagliere

a colorful tagliere

A tagliere is a wooden cutting board on which meat is sliced. As a menu item or dish in Italy, however, tagliere refers to a plate or board of cold cuts, often including cheeses, breads, olives, and other finger foods. The noun tagliere and the Italian verb tagliare (‘to cut’) have a common origin, while the idiom due ghiotti a un tagliere (‘two gluttons with one plate’) denotes like-mindedness, a shared goal, people after the same thing. I prepare a tagliere when it’s too warm for cooking, or as an antipasto for guests.