We shared this tonight at Panarotti’s; a lovely restaurant Ray took me to for my birthday 🙂 I much prefer this to garlic bread as a starter…it just has soooo many flavours for my taste buds to revel in! Then we devoured a beautiful pizza and although full, my dessert stomach had a bit of room for some yummy gelato! 😉
Bruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [brusˈkeːtta] is an antipasto from Italy whose origin dates to at least the 15th century. It consists of roasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Variations may include toppings of spicy red pepper, tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese; the most popular recipe outside of Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion or mozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. In Italy, Bruschetta is often prepared using a brustolina grill. In the Abruzzo region of Italy a variation of bruschetta made with a salami called ventricina is served. Raw pork products and spices encased in pig bladder are aged and the paste spread on open slices of bread which are sometimes grilled. This was a way of salvaging bread that was going stale.