BEST Italian Bread Recipe

– 1 2/3 cups tap water heated to 115° – 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast – 3 1/4 cups plus 2/3 cup all–purpose flour plus more for dusting – 1/3 cup olive oil plus more for greasing bowl – 2 1/4 tsp. kosher salt – 1/2 cup ice cubes


White Scribbled Underline

Cook time: 30 min

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2 loaves



prep Time

2 hour 30 min


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Looking for the BEST Italian Bread Recipe? Try our filone! A filone is a typical yeast bread that originated in Calabria and Tuscany and you will encounter mostly anywhere in Italy. A really great bread to go with cheese and olives.

Tips: I found this recipe in an older issue of Saveur. The recipe is very long, but the steps to put it together are not difficult at all. I never achieved the crispy crust as the bread photographed in the magazine, but more of a soft and light bread that was really wonderful. I like a more crusty bread, but the kids like a softer bread, so this bread is always a hit!

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