10-23-09 Seeing Red: Real Italian Bruschetta

If you look up “bruschetta” on Wikipedia, here’s the definition: “[Bruschetta] is a food the origin of which dates to at least the 15th century from central Italy. It consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.” Toppings of meat, cheese or tomatoes are “variations.”

And, as I discovered when I received this bruschetta in Florence, Italy, there are variations in how the tomatoes are prepared. I’m used to having them chopped. But this appetizer was great. It’s a healthy snack, too. No wonder the Italians seem to be so svelte. If I had been looking for a snack in my home town, I probably would have had an M&M Blizzard.

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