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Small plates is a manner of dining that became popular in US food service after 2000. Small plates may either refer to small dishes resembling appetizers which are ordered à la carte and often shared, such as tapas, or to the small courses served as part of a more formal meal.
Some types of small plates which have influenced the modern US concept are:
- Tapas, a wide variety of appetizers in Spanish cuisine
- Mezze, a wide variety of appetizers in Turkish cuisine, and sometimes in Greek cuisine
- Antipasti and cicchetti in Italian cuisine
- Banchan, in Korean cuisine
- The small and usually shared dishes served at an izakaya, a Japanese pub
- The pu pu platter of Hawaiian cuisine
- Zakuski in Russian cuisine
- "Miniature Cooking PT". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-03-09.