Product Of The Month
Every month we spotlight a bread or product that we sell in our cafés. We hope you enjoy learning a little about them. Stop by any of our locations to sample these treats and take something home to share.
In the early 80’s, on a trip to San Francisco, I tried a loaf of Ciabatta from the newly opened Il Fornaio on Union Street. I had never tasted anything like it, with its creamy flavor, billowy texture and crisp nutty-tasting crust. I loved the combination of elegant flavor and the irregular rustic texture of its interior.
Ciabatta means slipper in Italian, a name it gets from its shape. It’s much lighter than you might guess from looking at the loaf. A little milk, olive oil, and a long fermentation time contribute to that distinctive creamy flavor that so enchanted me when I first tasted it. The billowy texture and irregular crumb comes from the large amount of water in the dough.
Over the years this lovely bread has become very popular with our customers. It makes an excellent table bread, or slice it horizontally and stuff it with salami and cheese. Sliced thinly and grilled it is wonderful as bruschetta.