I'm not a big garlic lover, but this is a treat I always indulge in when I make it. Be sure to use a nice, crusty loaf of Italian bread, preferably from the bakery. A French baguette can be substituted. I don't suggest using a from-the-can loaf.
(In response to HokieLady's review...I am using "real" NYC Italian bread from an Italian "bread-only" bakery in Little Italy. Robust, CRUSTY bread with a superior interior and exterior. Commercially baked Italian breads vary and I find that they usually are too flimsy in texture to give the results I get with a bakery Italian loaf.)