This is a very thick soup, which makes the best of the glut of over-ripe tomatoes at the end of a Tuscan summer, combined with that ever present stand-by ingredient, stale bread. It is marvelous served lukewarm with plenty of basil and extra olive oil to drizzle over it. Oddly, this soup was made famous during the sixties because there was a pop song, sung by Rita Pavone, which was all about how wonderful this soup was… I think, though the soup could well have been symbolic of something quite different! It is a very traditional part of the classic Tuscan menu repertoire.
Serve this delicious soup with a traditional Italian bread, such as Pugliese bread.
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