I'm cooking an Italian dinner next weekend for 10 people and I need help deciding on some of the dishes. Here are my thoughts:
First course: Antipasto. Mostly stuff I'm going to buy at the local Italian deli -- lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto, olives, provolone, salami, artichoke hearts, roasted peppers....anything else?
Second course: Mushroom Ravioli which I'm going to make on Tuesday and have ready to throw in boiling water. Should I serve it with sauce? I tend to think that good ravioli doesn't need anything except a little butter and a little romano, but maybe other people wouldn't agree.
Third course: Some kind of main dish meat or fish, something not too complicated that can easily be enough for 10. A chicken dish would be best -- these people are big chicken fans -- but nothing that involves chicken breast, as several of us much prefer dark meat. Broccoli rabe sauted w/ garlic and risotto and bread on the side.
Dessert: Not tira misu. Something I can prepare in advance. Something chocolately?