The Sfilatino is the Italian version of the baguette; it has a pleasant taste, is often found on the dinner table for mopping up sauce, and doesn't keep long.

In the first picture, you see the loaves baking on terra-cotta tile "baking stones". The tiles give off a homogenous heat, and draw moisture out of the dough giving a firm, crispy crust.


Franco Galli: The Il Fornaio Baking Book: Sweet and Savory Recipes from the Italian Kitchen Chronicle Books, 1993