Let’s talk about bread. Considered a staple item in many pantries around the world, bread can tell you a lot about a person. For example, if they are eating an unleavened bread called Matzo, they are probably Jewish and it is during a Jewish holiday called Passover. Or perhaps they correct your usage of the term ‘naan’ for flatbread at an Indian restaurant, when you may be eating a similar, but different flatbread called ‘chapati.’
As bread plays an important role in Italian cuisine (like at Pinocchio’s), from the typical Italian breadsticks served with almost every dinner to the elaborate panettone (a sweet bread with candied fruit pieces inside) that is made for special occasions like New Year and Christmas, we love to learn about the variety of bread types from around the world.
Here is just a sampling of bread from around the world, including several types of Italian bread you’ll find at Pinocchio’s:
Chapati is a thin, wheat bread that is unleavened and typically used to wrap around and pick up other pieces of your meal (like chicken or veggies). The main difference between chapati and naan bread is that chapati is unleavened while naan is leavened (meaning it includes the use of yeast).
Ciabatta is known as a classic Italian bread. It is an elongated loaf of white or wheat bread that is flattened slightly, has a harder crust, and a porous texture inside. Did you know that the ciabatta was Italy’s response to the popularity of the French baguette for sandwiches?
Crumpet (United Kingdom)
A crumpet is thick, circular, and spongy. Crumpets are different from English muffins, which also are small and circular, but are much more porous and thinner than a crumpet. Both are delicious when sliced, toasted, and slathered in butter (or your choice of jam).
Known to many people as similar to pizza dough, focaccia bread is a thick yeasted bread rolled out by hand, salted and seasoned with olive oil and herbs, then baked to produce a lush bread. While focaccia bread can be used when making pizza, it also can be used as sandwich bread or simply a meal addition by itself.
Hushpuppy (United States)
Imagine a delicious and savory cornbread with your dinner. Now imagine it balled up and deep fried! This is a hushpuppy: simply a deep fried corn dough ball. Hushpuppies are popular in southern US states and actually originated with Native American cuisine in the area.
Melonpan, also known as melon buns, are sweet buns of enriched flour dough baked with a thin layer of cookie dough on top that crackles over the surface. Popular across Asia, melonpans haven’t gained much attention around the rest of the world, possibly because they are harder to make and can be quite dry in the center than other sweet breads.
Pane Carasau (Italy)
Technically from Sardinia, pane carasau is an incredibly thin, crispy flatbread traditionally baked twice and used by shepherds on long trips away from home.
Did you know Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant has a Catering Services department? Not only do we love our community in Brighton, but we LOVE catering for them, too! Be it a corporate event, birthday party, rehearsal dinner, or other special event in your personal or professional life, we’d like to cater. Here are three situations you might find yourself in where you should hire Pinocchio’s to cater your next event:
1. You need authentic Italian food. Imagine your Italian in-laws are coming to town for a family get-together and you need to bring the taste of Italy with them. Pinocchio’s has you covered – we offer both classic and modern Italian dishes.
2. You need high quality, professional service. You just snagged your dream job and your boss has appointed you to manage the annual company-wide summer party. Take your corporate event to the next level with Pinocchio’s catering and provide your executives with superior food that is sure to satisfy.
3. You have diet-specific eaters in your group. Our wide-ranging Italian menu can be uniquely crafted to fit your event’s size, tastes and budget. Plus, Pinocchio’s is proud to offer many of its menu items gluten-free. Just ask!
After speaking with one of our party catering specialists, you will receive a package reflective of your tastes and personality. Contact Pinocchio’s today! We look forward to making your next event a success!
Since opening in February 2009, we have established ourselves in Brighton’s community with our consistently high quality Italian food, service, and ambiance. Part of creating that reputation is serving up an experience reminiscent of Italy, right in the heart of Brighton, Colorado! It’s a tall order to fill, but we enjoy the challenge in this tight-knit community.
While we can’t all travel the stunning Apennine Mountains or cruise the canals in Venice, here in Colorado when the summer nights finally turn cool we like to dream of Italy by dining al fresco. The Italian phrase “al fresco” refers to “eating outside.” Simply eating outside in a casual and fun environment, such as our little patio area at Pinocchio’s, is a perfect getaway from the stresses of day-to-day life.
Another way to bring the taste of Italy is to your next event with Pinocchio’s Catering!
If you’re hosting a meeting, party, or other event Pinocchio’s Catering is sure to satisfy. Our wide-ranging Italian menu can be uniquely crafted to fit your event’s size, tastes and budget.
What are some ways you bring the experience of a foreign country to your daily life?
Are you always racing to make reservations last minute? We invite you to grab your calendar – right now! – and pencil in the following exclusive Sunday breakfasts at Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant in Brighton, CO.
Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 20
Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 11
Breakfast will be served at Pinocchio’s on both Easter and Mother’s Day from 8 am – 12 pm.
Breakfast at Pinocchio’s is a unique and exciting event to attend as our normal hours are:
- Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am – 8:30 pm
- Friday-Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
So don’t miss out on breakfast at Pinocchio’s! Plus, if that wasn’t exciting enough, we are also offering a free bloody mary or mimosa (with entrée) during breakfast on Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day 2014. (One per person, please.)
Want to make a reservation for breakfast at Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant for one or both of these special days? Call us at (303) 655-7777 today!
Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant is hosting a full bar at the Armory Performing Arts Center in Brighton, CO, for three local events this month!
Event 1: ShamROCK & Roll
Join Pinocchio’s Italian Eatery at this upcoming fun event: the ShamROCK & Roll! We are catering an Irish meal alongside the amazing Irish music this Saturday night (March 15) from 5 to 10 pm.
Event 2: Salsa Night
The Armory presents Salsa Night on Saturday, March 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 pm. Make it a date night and stop in for dinner at Pinocchio’s before you salsa to the beautiful tunes of musical guest Quemando!
Event 3: Live Stand-Up Comedy
On Saturday, March 29 at 8:30 pm, round out the month with a grand smile on your face when you attend the Live Stand-Up Show featuring comedians Troy Walker and Sam Adams. Grab your friends and make a party out of the evening when you book dinner reservations with us at Pinocchio’s Italian Restaurant before the show!
Call us today at (303) 655-7777 to book dinner reservations at Pinocchio’s!