by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Use the best tomatoes you can get hold of to make sure this very simple bruschetta delivers delicious a taste of Italy.

Starters & nibbles

Storage

Ciabatta is best eaten on the day of purchase but it does keep for a couple of days in a bread bin. When still fresh, it can be frozen for a couple of months.

Preparation

Slice ciabatta at an angle and serve with olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper for dipping. Or make sandwiches filled with Italian meats, cheese and tomatoes. Ciabatta bread also works well in toasted or grilled sandwiches (known as 'panini' in Britain).