Soma d’Aj

Soma d’Aj is a typical recipe from Piedmont. It’s a quite simple slice of country bread rubbed with garlic and then topped with extra virgin olive oil. In Piedmont dialect aj means garlic (abbreviation for aglio) and soma is related to the load put on the back of a beast. An approximate translation for this gastronomic metaphor could be: “Loaded with garlic”.

Often the garlic perfumed bread is accompanied by a fresh bunch of barbera grapes, especially during harvest season…. and a glass of barbera wine.


for 2

  • 4 slices of country bread
  • 3-4 garlic (depends on the intensity you wish)
  • a generous drip of extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bunch of fresh grapes eventually


  1. Rub the bread slices with the garlic (remove the garlic center first)
  2. Pour some extra virgin olive oil on top of the slices.
  3. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
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