Chow Crave: Italian Small Bites and More: Corsino and Ino

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Jan 10 2011

Corsino has a great atmosphere- it’s rustic and lively. I love having an option like this amongst the other MEPA restos. Sometimes you just want to grab a bite at a low-key neighborhood spot that has a cool vibe- and Corsino fits the bill!

The tasty Italian tapas and large plates are fantastic!

CHOW FAVES:

Crostini: There’s a great selection. My picks are: mushroom & taleggio, cannellini beans & artichoke, basil pesto, radicchio & goat cheese, olive tapenade and tuna- Perfect bites of goodness!

Tagliatelle with Pork Ragu: Rich and savory…very good!

Charred Octopus: So tender…perfectly cooked!

Brisket Meatballs: Moist and flavorful!

SIP: Quite an extensive wine list- reasonably priced.

CHAT: I didn’t try a panini because my usual go-to-spot for a panini is Ino (Corsino’s sister resto). Ino is a small, cozy cafe specializing in bruschetta, tramezzini’s and paninis.

MY CHOW FAVES at Ino: I start with the special soup, rucola salad (sometimes I add bresaola to it) or bruschetta (My picks: basil pesto, caponata and goat cheese, asparagus-truffle oil-parmesean, white bean-tomato-basil).

Then I dive into a delicious panini- I have so many faves that I usually indulge in the quattro. Select 4 different types (My picks: sweet copa-hot peppers-rucola, cacciatorini-goat cheese-black olive pesto, chicken-oven roasted tomato-asiago-rucola and tuna-tomato-rucola.)- each selection comes as a quarter- making it a full panini. Oh, I can’t forget about the truffle egg toast- it’s delish!

And I wash it all down (MY SIP) with a limonata or glass of wine from the small bar! I love this quaint spot…it never disappoints.

Corsino- 637 Hudson St / 212-242-3093

Ino: 21 Bedford St / 212-989-5769

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