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  • 28 Jul - 03 Aug, 2018
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Bruschetta (pronounced brusketta, plural bruschette) comes from the Roman dialect verb ‘bruscare’, the equivalent of the Italian word ‘abbrustolire’ which means 'to toast', or 'to roast over coals'. Bruschetta originated in Italy during 16th century. However, stems of the dish can be traced back to Ancient Rome, when olive growers would bring their olives to a local olive press and taste a sample of their freshly pressed oil using a slice of bread. Toasting bread and soaking it with freshly pressed olive oil is a practice still very poplar in Rome. Bruschetta is an antipasto (starter dish) from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt. Variations may include toppings of tomato, vegetables, beans, cured meat, or cheese. Tomato is a particularly popular choice of topping; one recipe popular outside Italy involves basil, fresh tomato, garlic and onion, or mozzarella. Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetiser. In some countries, the prepared topping is marketed as bruschetta.