Bread has played an important role in the culinary world for as long as there’s been documentation of people existing. That may sound dramatic, but it’s true! Even ancient civilizations had their own variations of simplistic bread recipes that were a staple of their limited diet. As people and food have evolved, so has bread, but it hasn’t become any less important. Different cultures have held onto their own variations of bread to serve with meals. The French baguette and the Italian ciabatta are two of the most popular types of bread. Not only are they delicious, their recipes are very simplistic and have stayed the same over time. 


The Ciabatta that we know today was actually invented not that long ago. In the region of Veneto, Italy in 1982, an Italian baker named Arnaldo Cavallari was trying to find a way to make something that held similarity to the French baguette while pairing better with traditional Italian meals. Ciabatta is made using wheat flour, water, salt, yeast, and olive oil. It uses a very wet dough recipe to create the elongated, flattened loaf of bread. Ciabatta gained popularity by being cut into slices and used for grilled sandwiches, known today as paninis. After the bread was invented in 1982, the recipe was sold to various restaurants. By 1999, it was in 11 different countries around the globe, and has been growing in popularity ever since. 


Baguettes were around long before ciabatta bread. This French bread is made using wheat flour, water, yeast, and salt. Baguettes are long, skinny loaves of bread that have existed since the 18th century! The recipe has evolved a little over that time, but the shape and consistency has remained almost the same. Baguettes are served with a variety of French meals and enjoyed by people all around the globe. There are striking similarities between the baguette and ciabatta, but the biggest difference is in the level of moisture in the dough. The wet dough used in ciabatta creates alveolar holes in the bread during the baking process, which changes the texture of the bread. 

Try Authentic Sandwiches at Bricco Salumeria

If you’d like to try a traditional Italian ciabatta for yourself in Boston’s North End, visit Bricco Salumeria today! We have a menu full of authentic and delicious dishes that use only the freshest ingredients and best cooking methods so our guests will love it every single time. Click here to make a reservation or place an order for carry out. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a fancy dinner, we’ve got it all! Bricco Salumeria has become known as one of the best restaurants in Boston’s North End, and is loved by locals and tourists alike.