Never heard of ‘Nduja (pronounced “en-doo-ya”) before? While most of us could easily identify paper-thin Prosciutto, savory Soppressata, and olive-studded Mortadella from a board of Italian charcuterie, the spicy Calabrian sausage has only just begun to command notice in New York.
Derived from the Latin word “inducere,” the characteristically fiery, spreadable salami is made from roasted hot red peppers, aromatic herbs, and a variety of pork cuts culled from the head of the pig (tastes way better than it sounds!). And while it’s typically served folded into tomato sauce or smeared on toasted bread, we’ve spotted ‘Nduja used in a tasty variety of ways on a growing number of restaurant menus; both classically Italian and non.
The Madison Avenue branch of A Voce melts ‘Nduja over rustic Gnocco alla Romana with Red-Wine Braised Octopus, while the Columbus Circle outpost uses it to emulsify a heady Vinaigrette, drizzled over pan-roasted Branzino. At the recently revamped Franny’s in Park Slope, ‘Nduja adds a jolt of meaty umami to an unusual Turnip Frittata, strewn with salty Capers and buttery Pine Nuts. And over at Blanca, the high-end tasting restaurant attached to Roberta’s in Bushwick, chef Carlos Mirarchi is known for tucking ‘Nduja into one or more of his 25+ courses; hope for the potent, ‘Nudja-stuffed Raviolo, seasoned with licorice-flavored Anise Hyssop.
April Bloomfield may be associated with refined British food, but the Italian cured meat makes frequent appearances at her Midtown gastropub, The Breslin. You’ll spot ‘Nduja in a unique, winter-appropriate Panzanella (bread salad) with Heirloom Celery, Taleggio Cheese and Radish, and in an impossibly rich plate of Fried Sweetbreads, paired with plump Beluga Lentils and briny Castelvetrano Olives. Considering his love for fatty, melting Bone Marrow, we’re not quite as surprised to find Harold Dieterle experimenting with ‘Nduja at his Italian-German restaurant. It appears as a simple topping for Crostini at The Marrow, along with clouds of Whipped Ricotta, and in a surprisingly delicate Omelet, its musky spiciness offset by Mascarpone, Chives, and Arugula.
Back in Brooklyn, Jewish chef Jason Marcus takes his Traif theme to the next level with the highly seasoned pork product, which gets smeared on Toast and served alongside a Fricassee of Escargot with Braised Artichokes and Mushrooms. ‘Nduja is far from being kosher, but it is indisputably delicious!
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