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Crostinis are a traditional Italian appetizer. There are so many different toppings for a crostini: olive, mushroom, ricotta, artichoke, meat, and the list goes on and on, almost whatever your heart desires. One of my top crostinis and one of the most popular in the world is the Bruschetta: tomato & basil crostini. Bruschetta comes from the Italian word ‘bruscare’ which means “to roast over coals.” This refers to the bread being toasted. When I was young, I wasn't a fan of tomatoes but for some reason the flavor of bruschetta was different. I loved it. I don’t know how it works…but it tastes like heaven in your mouth. It's such a basic dish with only a few ingredients. Therefore, the most important thing when making bruschetta is fresh, good quality ingredients. I love using heirloom tomatoes to make bruschetta. Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with flavor. Good quality olive oil is also very very important. It's a very simple dish with so much flavor.


  • 1 pound baby heirloom tomatoes (I get mine from Trader Joe's.)

  • 3 Cloves garlic

  • ½ bunch basil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil


  1. Dice tomatoes and place them in a bowl.

  2. Finely mince garlic and add on tomatoes.

  3. Chop basil leaves and add to bowl.

  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Drizzle with olive oil, mix well, and let stand for 1 hour.

  6. Serve on top or with a side of baguette slices. Top with Parmesan cheese & freshly ground black pepper.

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