Simplest Italian Snack Ever

Are you looking for a simple and healthy snack you can prepare at a moment’s notice? Oil on bread has long been the standard go-to snack in Italian kitchens. (Especially before the advent of unhealthy junk food.) It’s so tasty as a midnight snack, after school, or at any time! And all you need is fresh Italian bread and a bit of extra-virgin olive oil!

Simplest Italian Snack Ever

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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Using only three ingredients, this simple snack is as inexpensive as it is healthy. Or it also makes a great addition to any meal!

Tip: Make it extra special by squeezing one half of a fresh tomato over the bread. Set the tomato aside to use in cooking supper.


  • 8 slices Italian-style bread, fresh or toasted
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, extra virgin – freshly pressed if possible
  • Oregano to taste (optional)


  1. If desired, toast bread lightly.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle crushed oregano over the slices.
  4. Serve immediately.

Pressing or buying the year’s supply of fresh olive oil in the autumn is a must in Italy. And oh, how that oil is savored! Fresh olive oil is so tasty and has a fruity, nutty, or buttery taste to it – depending on the olive variety. And that’s why fresh olive oil makes this snack such a special treat! When we get our fresh oil every year, Hubby races home to have this traditional snack! Yum!

As olive oil ages, it starts to lose that distinctive taste. When it starts to have no taste, it’s getting too old. If it’s got a sour taste, it’s gone rancid. Yuck!

Buon Appetito! Enjoy your olive oil!!

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