Growing up in a Italian household( dad's from Italy) I never had Garlic Bread. Once I had my own place, I decided to make it. You can serve it with a pasta dish, I am serving it with my steak dinner tonight.You may substitute italian bread for french baguette, however, baguettes tend to be larger and you may decide to adjust your ingredients.Butter may be substituted with olive oil, generously brushed on both sides of the loaf. For a bruschetta style garlic bread, I would add another tomato and dice them instead of slicing the tomato paper thin. Not for the calorie shy, carb addicts beware!