The TRUE bruschetta
Bruschetta is a known and loved piece of Italian culinary simplicity. It is, unfortunately, also mispronounced regularly. The correct pronunciation is broo-SKEHT-tah.
The word bruschetta comes from the term abbrustolito, which means grilled or oven-roasted. The term comes from central Italy and it is the one that stuck, though we can safely assume that bruschetta has been made all over Italy for a very long time.
The traditional bruschetta is a simple piece of grilled bread that is rubbed with garlic, drizzled with fresh extra-virgin olive oil, and sprinkled with salt. Basta. That’s it.
In Tuscany, this is also referred to as fett’unta (fetta meaning slice and unta meaning oiled or oily). It is simple and irresistibly delicious.
This dish however, has evolved into so much more. Most frequently, bruschetta brings to mind grilled bread topped with fresh tomatoes, basil, and salt. But anything goes when it comes to bruschetta. It can be topped with puréed white beans, liver pâtè, olive, tapenade, sausage, and really anything one wishes to use.
Leave it to the Italians to make something so simple, so delicious.