If you’ve looked on our menu before, you’ll notice that we have a whole subsection dedicated to bruschetta. That’s for a good reason; bruschetta is a very tasty treat! It’s an Italian staple that is traditionally served as an appetizer in restaurants. However, this small appetizer holds a lot more to it than meets the eye. We’ve assembled the most interesting facts about bruschetta here for your enjoyment!
The Base Dish
The base recipe for bruschetta is made up of bread, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, garlic, and a few collard greens and spices. Some variations of the Italian treat use beans, too! Generally, the point of the dish is to have the tomatoes spread across the top of a slice of toasted bread. The other ingredients are meant to contribute to the overall flavor of the appetizer. It also has a relatively quick preparation time for most instances. Be weary if you decide to add beans to it, though, as they can rack up hours on your prep time. Yes, you read that right!
Despite being a smaller dish, there are a few significant health benefits that come with bruschetta. Many of them are within the tomatoes! Amongst other things, they are a great source of potassium and Vitamin C. They are also a great source of antioxidants, which can help do all sorts of things for your body. They can help lower your blood pressure and strengthen your immune system so you can better fight off diseases. A little bruschetta can go a long way!
Variations of Bruschetta
As bruschetta has made its way to different countries and cultures, new variations of the dish are becoming more and more commonplace. Some variants of bruschetta include foods like cheese, mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and even eggplants! Other variations think even further outside the box, including things like beets, shrimp and avocados as parts of their recipe. There’s no end to the amount of ways you can mix and match your bruschetta recipes! Play around with them to determine your favorites.
Bruschetta at Assaggio
If you’re looking for bruschetta and the perfect selection of Italian cuisines to complement it, you’ll find no better option than Assaggio! We have several variations of bruschetta for your enjoyment, perfectly paired with our menu options and extensive selection of wine and cocktails. We can bring the heart of the Italian restaurant experience to Boston’s North End! To experience the pleasures of Italy from the Bay State, make a reservation with Assaggio today.