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A simple slice of bread with a rub of garlic, a drip of olive oil and topped with ripe tomatoes. An extra sprinkle of basil leaves and there’s the taste of summer at your table…

Surely it happens to everyone that soon or late, food, dishes or a recipe comes with happy bygone memories. It happened to me as well with this Italian tomato bruschetta!

Italian Tomato Bruschetta


Italian Tomato Bruschetta

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: for 1 slice of bread

  • 2 or 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 minced basil leaves
  • 1 slice of country style bread
  • 1/2 or less garlic clove
  • a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
Italian Bruschetta


  1. Preheat the oven at 350°F (180°C) and arrange the slices of bread on a baking pan.
  2. Place the pan in the middle position of the oven and allow the slices to lightly toast on both sides for about 3/5 minutes depending on the heat of your oven. If you prefer instead of the oven you can use a toaster.
  3. Meanwhile cut in halves or quarters the cherry tomatoes and make an Italian seasoning with vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and a little salt.
  4. Remove the baking pan from the oven and rub the slices of bread with an ½ or less clove of garlic (depends on your taste).
  5. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil over the slice, add a pinch of salt and pepper to your taste.
  6. Spoon over the slice of bread the previous seasoned halves or quarters of cherry tomatoes.
  7. Sprinkle the basil leaves over the top of all to give a final touch of look and taste.


You can serve bruschetta as an appetizer or eat it as an afternoon snack. If you want to begin a meal with slices of bread and make some Italian appetizers, go for Crostini "little crusts". Done with French baguette, and lightly topped with anything from tomatoes to chicken livers.

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Happy bruschetta memories

May it be the smell, just the colors, or may it be the taste. Simple and easy I couldn’t resist longer and I made this tomato bruschetta for my happy memories.

Now if you have been in Italy maybe you might had ordered some kind of bruschetta at an Italian restaurant. Most served as an appetizer, but sometimes served as a snack as well.

Well, it was summer in Certaldo (near my home), that I went out for an evening meal with my wife. At the restaurant L’ Antica Fonte (the ancient spring), a few guys close to us with the classic “tourists-look”, ordered a tomato bruschetta.

Italian Tomato Bruschetta

It may happened by chance, but they ordered the same thing that we were already eating. Although L’ Antica Fonte has a long list of Tuscan Dishes their choice was a simple slice of bread topped with tomatoes like ours.

For me, it was a pleasure to see that they indeed had appreciated. I could well understand through their nods of approval and their repeated nice comments. I’m always curious to know what a tourist likes to eat in Italy and maybe other than lasagna alla bolognese, spaghetti alla carbonara or pizza.

Italian Tomato Bruschetta

If you have happy memories from a vacation in Italy and have tried an Italian bruschetta maybe writing postcards for your beloveds. Well, now I know I can satisfy yours and mine appetite filled with happy memories.

Bruschetta step-by step

Well, my final thought is for you, if you are looking for an Italian tomato bruschetta you can follow these steps below and make an easy homemade snack.

Cherry Tomatoes
Italian Bread

Lightly toast the slices of bread before rubbing the garlic over.

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