Some people pronounce Ciabatta as Sha-ba-ta, some say Cha-ba-ta, still others call it Car-bia-ta. Even amongst the Italians, the pronunciation differs although no one argues on its meaning of "slipper bread". It is a somewhat elongated flat bread made from wheat flour. Crisp on the outside and moist and chewy (and holy!) on the inside, it is one of the loveliest breads to have with a soup or a lemon curd.
I made some this morning - see my pictures here plus recipe and method.