Cured meats are a must. I would also have a selection of different olives. eggplant involtini, panzanella salad, veal meatballs with wild mushrooms, cheeses(unaged pecorino, reggianno, fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, perhaps fresh artichoke hearts or
bottems as they may be braised in evoo with mint and garlic. The best way is to go
to market in that italian frame of mind. If it is for a party its better to do a few things
perfectly than many things poorly. vittello tonnato, caponata as shroomgirl said, perhaps shrimp with capers, lemon, parsely, chopped celery leaves, and evoo. Surf
the web and look at italian menus. My spelling is poor. proscuitto, speck, cacciatorini,
bresaela, are a few cured meats. I could go on, but won't. Make sure to get the meats sliced if you do not have a slicer.