Italian Bruschetta: More than just bread and tomato

The best of Rossini's menu tapas: Italian Bruschetta. Discover its origins, ingredients, and fun facts.
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Italian Bruschetta is one of the most popular tapas on menus in Italian restaurants worldwide, including ours. A recipe that lets fresh ingredients like tomatoes, basil, and olive oil shine, making it a healthy and vegan option.

In Italy, Bruschetta is traditionally served as an appetizer, but elsewhere, you can find it as breakfast or even a main dish. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day and is perfect for sharing.

Don’t hesitate to try it the next time you visit our restaurant!

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History of Bruschetta

Bruschetta, whose name derives from the Italian verb “bruscare,” means to toast over the coals.

In Italy, Bruschetta reigns supreme as an appetizer, often accompanied by a glass of wine or a cocktail. It’s a wonderful way to start a meal, especially if you’re going to enjoy Italian culinary delights.

Originating from the humble roots of rural Tuscany, this recipe was born as a clever solution to use up stale bread, much like the origins of tomato bread.

Tuscan farmers from the past would rub garlic and tomato onto slices of toasted bread, then generously drizzle olive oil to create a culinary masterpiece.

Over the centuries, this recipe has evolved and refined into the Bruschetta we know today.

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Ingredients: Italian Simplicity

The beauty of Bruschetta lies in its simplicity. To prepare it, you only need a few fresh and high-quality ingredients:

Homemade bread

At Rossini, we prepare rustic homemade bread every morning for our Bruschettas.

Fresh Tomatoes

We choose juicy, ripe tomatoes to bring maximum freshness to the Bruschetta.


Garlic imparts the characteristic Mediterranean flavor.

Olive Oil

We use excellent extra virgin olive oil to infuse it with the flavors of the Mediterranean.


Its green, fleshy leaves add their unmistakable aroma.

Salt and pepper

The final seasoning for the perfect Bruschetta.

Tomatoes in Italian Cuisine

Although tomatoes are an essential ingredient in Italian cuisine, they are not native to Italy. In fact, they originate from South and Central America and arrived in Italy thanks to European explorers after their arrival in the New World in the 16th century.

Today, some of the most famous tomato varieties grown in Italy include San Marzano, Pomodoro di Pachino, and Pomodoro Vesuviano.

Being an indispensable ingredient in Italian gastronomy, tomatoes find their way into a wide variety of dishes, such as pasta sauces, pizzas, salads, and appetizers. Here are some examples you’ll find on our menu:

At Rossini, we prepare it with passion and authenticity so you can savor a piece of Italy in Barcelona’s Plaza Real. Ready to give this toasted delight a try? Buon appetito!

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