My friend Adena introduced me to a great spot last night, a stone’s throw away from NYU. Tucked away on Bedford and Downing, ‘ino cafe and wine bar is from the same owners of the great ‘inoteca in the Lower East Side.
‘ino – 21 Bedford Street, NYC
Small, cozy, with great atmosphere, ‘ino’s paninis gave me new appreciation for the simplicity of a gourmet sandwich. I ordered the ‘quatro’ – so I could taste ‘four’ mini paninis. Highly recommended. Turns out, Jeniffer and Jason Denton, the owners, also have a recipe book,
Notice that the Foreword is written by Mario Batali
Below Jason Denton shares his recipe for Butternut Squash Bruschetta, which I found on New York Magazine’s website. They’ve got a whole gallery of recipes from NYC Chefs. Check it out here.
’ino’s Butternut-Squash Bruschetta
2 cups squash, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons honey
1⁄2 teaspoon chili flakes
10 caperberries, roughly chopped
10 walnuts, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of pepper
1 baguette, cut on a bias into 12 11⁄2-inch-thick slices
6 teaspoons walnut oil
4 teaspoons asiago cheese, grated
(1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut squash into 1-inch cubes.
(2) Gently fold the ﬁrst 8 ingredients together in a medium bowl. Spread mixture evenly on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then gently stir ingredients, and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, toast the baguette slices in the oven or press on a panini press until slightly crisp.
(3) Scoop a generous tablespoon of the squash mixture onto each piece of baguette. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and garnish with a drizzle of walnut oil and grated asiago.