Bread is an essential aspect of every Italian meal. Whether you’re enjoying a large bowl of carbonara or a serving of fresh bruschetta, you’re bound to find bread on the side. Discover a few of the key varieties of Italian bread!
Focaccia is a thick bread that is crispy on the outside and chewy on this inside. The most common varieties include focaccia bianca, focaccia al Pomodoro, and focaccia alle olive. It’s baked in the oven, then topped with cheese and herbs.
Made of chickpea flour, this Italian flatbread resembles a thin crepe. Once cooked, it’s seasoned with sea salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. Farinata is an Italian bread that is very similar to Cecina, but it is native to Liguria instead of Tuscany.
Piadineria take-out restaurants are commonly found sprinkled through Rome and other Italian cities. The pita-like bread is cooked on a griddle, then filled with cheese and meats for a hearty snack.
Grissini are hardened breadsticks that are commonly misshaped. You might find these slender breadsticks wrapped in prosciutto at a cocktail party or event.
This sweet bread is commonly found during the holidays as a dessert or treat with coffee. Originally from Milan, panettone is made in a cupola shape and contains candied oranges and raisins.
Ciabatta is a white, broad bread that was created in 1982 by a baker in Verona. Since the 80’s ciabatta has become a household name in Italian households and restaurants throughout the world.
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