Pinch of Italy
Pinch of Italy


Surely it happens to everyone that soon or late a food, a dish or a recipe comes with happy bygone memories.

It happened to me too with this Italian tomato bruschetta.

A simple slice of bread, with a rub of garlic, a drip of olive oil, topped with ripe tomatoes.

An extra sprinkle of basil leaves and there’s the taste of summer at your table…

Italian Tomato Bruschetta


Preparation Time:

INGREDIENTS: for 1 slice of bread

  • 1 slice country white Italian bread or similar
  • 2 or 3 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 minced basil leaves
  • ½ or less garlic clove
  • a little of extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and arrange the bread slices on a baking sheet, then place them in the oven. Allow the slices to lightly toast on both sides for about 5 minutes and then remove from the oven (instead of the oven you can use a toaster).
  2. Rub an ½ or less garlic clove to your taste on 1 slice of bread. Pour a little olive oil on it, and add a pinch of salt and pepper to your taste.
  3. Spoon over the slice of bread the previous chopped tomatoes. Then sprinkle the basil leaves too.
  4. You can serve bruschetta as an appetizer or eat it as an afternoon snack.
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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.


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 too.

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 “tourist-look”, ordered a 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 cookery, their choice was a simple slice of bread topped with tomatoes like ours.

For me, it was a pleasure to see that they indeed appreciated it.

I could well understand trough 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.

Well, my final thought is for you, if you are looking for an Italian bruschetta.

Below is the recipe, if we can call it “recipe”...  ;-)

If you have happy memories from a vacation in Italy, maybe writing postcards for your beloveds with him/her.

If that's you, now I know I can satisfy yours and mine appetite with happy memories too.