Ciabatta bread is a classic that has been around for about 30 years. At Bricco Salumeria, we take no greater pleasure than baking you the finest Ciabatta in all of Boston. With that being said, a little history lesson never hurt anyone. You may be curious how Ciabatta gained its popularity throughout history. It certainly did not start as popular as you would have imagined.

What It Is

Ciabatta in Italian means “Slipper” due to the shape of the bread resembling one. Ciabatta is a white bread that stems from a baker in Rovigo, Veneto, Italy. The Ciabatta was invented in 1982 due to an overwhelming affinity towards french baguettes, which had taken Europe by storm. The main difference between these two loaves of bread comes down to the hydration levels. Ciabatta is baked with a much higher hydration level, making the holes within the dough much bigger than a baguette. Ciabatta is also baked with a much stronger flour, which has a more delicate and sweet taste. Baguettes also tend to be baked more golden brown. 

What You Can Make With It

One of the most popular foods that use Ciabatta is Paninis! A panini is a hot sandwich filled with delicious deli ingredients of meat and cheeses and is a spectacular lunch option for someone who’s craving good bread. Panini’s are easy to make if you want a switch up from a classic American deli sandwich, so pick up your loaf of ciabatta bread and get going! 

Ciabatta in The USA

Ciabatta bread arrived in Cleveland, OH, by an American Baker for the first time, five years after it was created in Italy. Since then, it has taken America by storm and is quickly becoming one of the most popular breads in our country. Don’t worry. Ciabatta bread can be used for so much more than paninis. It can be used for garlic bread, garbage bread, or a filling appetizer just dipped in olive oil and spices at an Italian restaurant. Overall, Ciabatta is what you make of it. Getting creative with it can be the best part. 

Sound yummy? We hope you enjoyed your history lesson from Bricco Salumeria, where baking the best bread in Boston is our passion. We live to serve our customers and look forward to handing you your first loaf of Ciabatta from us. Contact us today for orders or catering needs. If you enjoyed this blog, please share it with family and friends on Facebook as well!