Peperonata is mostly viewed as a simple but flavorful accent dish frequently served alongside hardy meats and poultry. It is far more versatile, used as a topping for bruschetta, flatbread, crostini, as a pasta sauce, added to an antipasto platter, as a condiment, even a topping for eggs. My favorite is grilling it with fontina or asiago cheeses between slices of artisan bread with melted cheese oozing out. As the name implies, its dominant ingredient is sweet and colorful bell peppers. Flavors become wonderfully complex after simmering with onions, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, herbs, seasoning, and a hint of heat from a pinch of red pepper flakes. It’s finished either with red wine, northern Italy, or wine vinegar in the south. In addition to peppers, I also grill onions, use "fire roasted" tomatoes and "Pete's Garlic Oil" (pan roasted garlic and flavor infused olive oil). Can be made well ahead and refrigerated and reheated to desired temperature.