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Chefs Pippo & Guia

The cooking team Pippo & Guia doesn’t just share the love for cooking but also a beautiful 40 years friendship.  They usually say that food is their passion and that the kitchen is their reign! But what makes them special and proud of their job is the will to make everybody happy with their amazing meals.

Pippo & Guia recipe

Pappa al pomodoro

1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic just begins to turn golden (watch out: if you burn the garlic everything will be bitter!!!). Add onion and cook, stirring, just until softened, about 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and their juices, along with basil sprigs, and bring to a simmer. Give a bust of taste and red colour and add tomato paste.

2.Stir in bread. Ladle stock on top, stirring to combine. Simmer bread, adding more stock as needed, until bread is completely softened and custardy and soup has thickened to a porridge-like consistency, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard basil sprigs.

3. Spoon into bowls, generously drizzle with olive oil, and grind black pepper on top. Garnish with torn basil leaves and serve.

Notes:
Pappa al pomodoro is traditionally made with stale bread, and you can use it for this soup if you have it, but our tests have shown that this soup is just as good made with fresh bread. Plus, fresh bread softens much more quickly, making the soup faster to prepare. You can use store-bought low-sodium chicken stock or water in place of the vegetable stock, if desired.
DO NOT USE BREAD LOAF OR BREAD WITH MILK INSIDE THE DOUGH.
Ingredients
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
Pinch red pepper flakes
2 medium cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 medium onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
1 (28-ounce) can whole plum tomatoes, crushed by hand, with juices
2 sprigs fresh basil, plus torn leaves for serving
1/3 pound (about 6 ounces) fresh or stale rustic bread, torn or cut into 1-inch chunks. In Tuscany we use HARD bread, the left over, 2-3-4 days old.
2 cups warm vegetable stock, plus more as needed (if you want more “soupy” or more consistent)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Half tea spoon of tomato paste (option).