Who doesn’t like hot bread & butter?! I know I do and I definitely got the ultimate experience for my taste buds this past weekend.  I took a little vacation to Baton Rouge, LA for my best friend’s wedding and she had a special, intimate dinner for her bridal party, and some of the special women in her life, at this Italian restaurant called The Little Village, in Downtown Baton Rouge.  Now, a couple of weeks before her wedding weekend, all she kept saying was, “…we’re going to The Little Village for dinner cause they got that bread!”  I thought to myself, this bread must be crazy good, because she’s a bread connoisseur and she just wouldn’t stop talking about it!

The Little Village Baton Rouge, LA

The Little Village Baton Rouge, LA

Ok, so fast forward to the day of the dinner.  All of the women are seated at the table, in our nice dresses, hair & makeup all done, ready to have a good time and celebrate the bride-to-be.  Sure enough, as soon as the waiters ask us what we’d like to start off with, the first thing that comes out of the majority of the women’s mouth’s is, “Can we get some of that bread please?” Oh, and I forgot to mention, I knew it was something to rave about when I saw that it wasn’t complimentary bread, like getting chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant or the round loaf of bread at Macaroni Grill.  It’s an appetizer item that is made to order, hot out of the oven.  It’s official, the real deal, The Village Bread!

Our order had been placed, I’m sitting at the table waiting patiently, but anxious to see this culinary masterpiece.  Finally, it’s placed in front of us and the wait was well worth it.  The hot loaf, which is a braided Italian sesame loaf, is sitting so pretty on a crisp, clean white plate, brushed with virgin olive oil, sprinkled with cracked black pepper and then doused heavily with fresh-grated Romano cheese.  It was love at first sight, no joke.  There was not one ‘boring” part of that loaf of bread.  The olive oil that was rubbed on top of the loaf of bread, it had crawled down the sides of the bread and onto the plate and was slowly being soaked into the bottom of the hot bread.  My mouth salivated within less than 20 seconds.

The Village Bread

The Village Bread

With knife and fork in hand, yes this bread was treated like a meal in itself, I cut my first slice and placed it on my individual plate.  I cut my first piece from that slice, placed it in my mouth and all I could do was close my mouth and sink into my chair.  It was delicious and that’s an understatement.  The bread itself was piping hot.  It was baked to perfection, the outside crunchy but not too hard and the inside chewy and soft.  The combination of the insane amount of salty cheese and the mild olive oil, it was just mind-blowing, really!  After that first bite, I now knew what all the talk was about and I do not blame them.

The sad part about it, I had to push the bread away from me.  I had to put my knife and fork down, wipe my mouth and say, “Charis, that’s enough.”  I had to remind myself that I had a whole entrée to consume as well.  Some of the women at the table even ordered to-go loaves and I don’t blame them not one bit.  It’s definitely an “anytime” treat.

So, after this marvelous experience, all I can really say is, if you’re ever in the Downtown Baton Rouge area and you’re looking for a memorable foodie experience, visit The Little Village and you must get the bread!

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