In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half + half, cheese, salt and pepper. Whisk well until combined. Heat a large skillet over medium head and add 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Dip each bread slice in the egg mixture and flip to coat. Add the french toast to the skillet and fry on both sides until golden. Repeat with the remaining bread and butter. Serve immediately with the tomato basil butter for topping, a sprinkling of romano and a few basil leaves.