The first time I actually remember having good bruschetta was when we lived in State College, PA. There was a little pizza joint in town and they had the best pizza ever. They made it in wood ovens. They also had the best Bruschetta ever too.
I have had a lot of bruschetta but the simpler the recipe, the better it is. I really don't like mine with cheese or olives or other stuff in it. Bruschetta should be 4 simple ingredients: fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh garlic and good olive oil. Of course, you have to have some salt and pepper to taste but that's a given.
I started out with fresh basil from my garden. I didn't have fresh tomatoes yet so I got some nice heirloom ones from the grocery store. I had fresh garlic and good olive oil.
The first thing you do is dice the tomatoes into little cubes, julienne some fresh basil and mix in a bowl. You can mince your garlic but I like using a garlic press. Then I add some olive oil and the salt and pepper to taste. That is it.
The bread you use is important as well. I like using fresh bread but on occasion I use frozen Texas toast. Whatever you use, you should make sure it's hearty bread to stand up to the juiciness of the bruschetta.
We could eat this everyday. I make a big batch because the longer it sits, the tastier it becomes. I recommend this recipe if you love tomatoes. It makes an easy snack, appetizer or even a meal. I now serve it at my parties and people LOVE it!