This is a very spongy, airy bread that has a crisp crust. It is great for making sandwiches or just served warm with butter or some other spread.
Its very mild flavor is what makes it such a great bread for playing "container" to other ingredients. Ciabatta is believed to have first been crafted in the Lake Como region of Italy. It was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1985 by Marks and Spencer, a department store. It made its way to the United States when Orlando Bakery, a Cleveland firm, introduced in in 1987. To accomplish this introduction Orlando Bakery hired three Italian bread makers to develop the American version. Within five years ciabatta could be found all over the United States.