Ciabatta is the Italian term for slipper - this describes the appearance of the traditional long flat loaf made with olive oil. It has a light, open structure and a crisp, floury crust. Uses: Ciabatta is good sliced horizontally and filled with cold meat, cheese and tomatoes or cut it into thick vertical slices and serve as an accompaniment to pasta. To store: Keep in a cool dry place and use by the best before date. Ciabatta can be frozen for up to 2 months, defrost thoroughly before using.