Have you ever been to a high-end Italian restaurant, and you look in the back kitchen where the cooks—all wearing white hats (called a toque)—are busily preparing meals for the patrons while the waiters dash between tables with wine and bread?
Every now and then an Italian voice reaches your ears. The mandolins and guitars strum softly in the background. Italian flags on every wall…
The most memorable Italian food, for me, is the bread. Yes, the spaghetti and pasta are great but that bread is amazing. That bread!!! There must be a brick oven in the back cooking everything from scratch, but How do they make the delectable garlic bread? The waitperson brings the bread before the meal, and it’s so amazing that I always eat too much and have no room for pasta!
And when the garlic bread arrives, you take a bite and it’s so good you are convinced it was sprinkled with some magic dust from Italy. There is absolutely no chance you could reproduce something so scrumptious in your own kitchen!
I’m here to tell you that you can, and I’m going to share with you my hand-me-down recipe from my great-great Italian grandmother. Yup, that would be my mother’s great grandmother from Italy. She didn’t speak a word of English.
Of course they didn’t have electric ovens back in the Old Country, or garlic graters and maybe no sticks of butter from the refrigerator, and for certain no pre-grated Parmesan cheese from the grocery store, so I suspect what I am about to reveal took a lot more effort than you need to make this amazing bread.