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Not sure if you're looking for a first course, or more of an hors d'oeuvre, but since Amarone is very rich, I'd go with some good hard cheese (Parmigiano, a strong aged cheddar). Amarone pairs best with strong, assertive flavors -- otherwise, you run the risk of it overpowering the food.
I am looking for hors d'oeuvre pairing to go with Amarone
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