Simple Italian Sandwiches: Recipes from New York’s Favorite Panini Bar

Jennifer and Jason Denton

Superstar chef Mario Batali states in his foreword to Simple Italian Sandwiches that “a properly made panino, bruschetta or tramezzini is a symphony of simple flavors and textures, its greatness often ascending to the level of a Bach cantata or a Verdi aria.” Batali praises authors Jennifer and Jason Denton and their “little sammie shop” called ’ino, which “has become the favorite New York haunt of a great number of the great chefs and restaurateurs from around the country.” The recipes in Simple Italian Sandwiches come from the Dentons’ menu at ’ino. From their Lemon Mayonnaise, Balsamic Roasted Garlic and Basil Pesto with a “secret” ingredient they learned about in Italy (homemade condiments are a desirable addition to a great sandwich, the Dentons point out) to their Soppressata, Fontina and Arugula Panini, Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Onion and Tomato Tramezzini, the Dentons’ recipes are truly simple, yet mouth-watering. The book also contains a glossary of Italian terms for the meat and cheese used, and the color photos are beautiful.