When you’re looking for eggs and coffee at 9:00 a.m., a tiny West Village wine bar might not immediately come to mind. But 'ino should. This cheery nook on Bedford Street has earned great acclaim for its wines by the glass and perfect Italian snacks—crispy bruschette, little tramezzini, and the namesake panini. And while you may not need a carafe of Barbaresco to start off your morning, it does stand to reason that where there be first-class sandwiches, there also be first-class breakfast sandwiches.
Like the Italian sausage panino with Fontina. Thin slices of moist pork sausage, mild enough for breakfast, are set off by a careful spread of tangy mustard and arugula and hugged by perfectly toasted bread. Hearty and flavorful, but still light, it’s a thoughtfully crafted morning meal.
Also available for early eaters are a truffled egg toast that had Ed reconsidering his bias against truffle oil, soft-scrambled egg bruschetta with Fontina and pancetta or asparagus, and, for the less egg-inclined, mozzarella toasts or (even more classically Continental) simple toasted Pullman bread with jam or Nutella.
While ‘ino’s evening buzz makes for a lively happy hour or late-night snack, mornings are much less frenetic, leaving you and your strong cappuccino in peace. At least until the truffled egg toast crashes the party.