As a language tutor I have been trying to find a fun way to teach new languages (there are lots of conventional ways i.e. reading and studying endless and hideous grammar books!). However it can be simplified when spoken and used in a very easygoing set up. I came to the conclusion that a combination of traditional food and a very casual Italian lesson is the key!

Senza libri ma solo con il grembiule e magari con un bicchiere di Chianti (Wine that everyone knows how to pronounce and drink!!!!). As a matter of fact, the “CH” sound in Italian is pronounced “K” but for some reason people will still find it difficult to pronounce the “CH” as a “K” when appears in other vocabularies : MOSCHINO pronounced “MOH-SKI-NOH”, CHILO pronounced “KEE-LOH”, TACCHINO pronounced “TAH-KEE-NOH” e BRUSCHETTA pronounced “BROO-SKEH-TAH”


A versatile dish, served as a starter is great for any occasion! I would normally use the ciabatta type bread (home made!!! recipe in Pane Facile….) but any type of thick, dense, sough dough bread is ideal as well (stale bread is an option too….better if put in the oven for 5 minutes before slicing it). I have even used the traditional sliced bread which with young children is extremely easy and quick to prepare, a peace of toast with you favourite topping!!!!

Serving 8/10


1 large loaf of bread (ciabatta, tiger, baguette)

300g good quality cherry tomatoes

garlic, 2 cloves

basil, 1 handfull

salt, a good pinch

olive oil, 1/2 tbsp


Cut the tomatoes into quarters and put them in a large bowl. Chop the garlic very finely and add it to the tomatoes, mix with a spoon. Add the salt, the olive oil and stir. Finely chop the basil and add it to the tomatoes. Leave the tomatoes to rest for 5 minutes while all the lovely flavours are combining together. Slice your bread (1.5/2cm thick) and place the slices on a large flat dish. Pour the tomatoes equally on each slice. Drizzle some olive oil before serving. Pronto!!!!!!

P.S. Don’t worry if you make too much it’s always good the next day.

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