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    Does anyone know if you can buy an Italian stove-top toaster in the US or any store in Italy that will ship one to the US? It is used for making bruschetta on a gas stove. I watched Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos of Extra Virgin toast bread this way. Gabriele says it is the best way to toast the bread for bruschetta. I have attached a picture of the one from his show. Thanks.
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    You can make fine bruschetta on the fireplace, grill or gas stove with those things they make for cooking vegetables on the grill. Available pretty much all over -- hardware stores, etc. No need for one from Italy.
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    Thanks Chris, I will look into that.

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    Thats funny Chris, I have never seen one here. I also have this on my list of things to buy. I have heard they are very cheap and available at hardware stores in Italy. Aunteen, I am going to Italy next month and intend to pick one up for myself so I would be glad to get you one providing they are light and easy to pack.

    Colleen

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    They're also available at most outdoor markets in Italy. Colleen, I just weighed mine, and it's 10 1/2 ounces. The handle pushes in so that it's very easy to pack.
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    I bought one here in the States, can't remember where, but it's called a Bruschella, manufacturer IPAC. No luck when in Googled it though.

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    I just remembered the name in Italian -- it's called a brustolina, which might help you find it more easily, Colleen.
    Aloha, Ann



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    If anyone finds out where to buy one I would appreciate knowing where...when I googled it I came up with brustolina and what it is and does but no suggestions where to buy...thanks

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    In the meantime, the broiler (in a regular or toaster oven) works great.

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    In the meantime, the broiler (in a regular or toaster oven) works great
    Yes, we have used the oven broiler in rental apartments many times and it works great. You just need to watch it carefully.

    Sharon J

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    thanks Nan....don't have one of them but you inspired me to a different substitution...

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    According to Gabrielle of The TV show Extra Virgin, this stove top toaster makes the bread toasty and even a little charred on the outside and tender on the inside. Not too dry. As for the names, we have Bruschella from Jeanne,Brustolina from Ann and I seem to remember hearing it called a toastepane from someone. I'll give it a try, it's always fun to have a mission when we go on a trip. Thanks,
    Colleen

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    We used to use something similar to this when camping (in another life !).

    Google camping toaster and you may find what you are looking for.

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    Thanks to everyone for all the great information. My mom ordered a camping toaster from Australia that looks very much like the one Gabriele uses but it doesn't have any holes in the bottom plate like his does. She used it this morning and said it made great toast but doesn't make grill marks. We are thinking of drilling some holes into the bottom to see if that will allow some of the flame to come through and char the bread.

    I also sent an email to Faith Willinger in Firenze as she had a post on her website about a housewares store on via Ginori that will ship the tostapane or graticola to you.

    Colleen, that is so nice of you to offer to get me one. I would love to send you some money for one and for the shipping to California. I'm not real good at this but I will try to email you directly.

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    Hi Aunteen, No problem, when I get it I will contact you and we will sort out the details.
    Colleen

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    Hi Aunteen
    Would like to help you with the info. I have seen it on YouTube, facebook and website. Just leave out the Italian in your search and you will find what you are looking for. There are pictures and also a video. Good luck!

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    It has to be cheaper in Italy but this is it?
    http://www.toastercentral.com/non.htm

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    Hi Deb

    I know the product from Italy, and I believe that the one available in Australia, which is manufactured in Argentina is the better and cheaper option.
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    Thank you to everyone who wrote in with suggestions. I now have the one from Australia and the one Colleen brought me back from Italy. The Australian one is smaller and does not have the holes in the bottom plate that allows flame to come through. Otherwise, they both work really well. Thanks again!

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    Just a note and a thank you for pointing out this kitchen item.
    I picked one up today in the Campo d'Fiori for 8.50 euro.
    The guy with all the cups, wine glasses,pots and pans sells them.

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