pappa al pomodoro, a tuscan tomato bread soup, is one of my favorite italian foods around. i had it my first night in florence (in 2004) and we’ve been in love ever since. so amazingly simple, but also flavorful and hearty. i love soup and bread’s take with the mussels, but since i wasn’t making 20 servings, i also consulted mario batali – and the final product came from a mash-up of the two recipes and some of my own thinking on the fly. i’m not even going to post my final recipe because i bet this would be good no matter what components of any recipe you chose!