Petterino’s bruschetta

  • 4 Servings
  • 20mPrep Time
  • 10mCook Time
  • 30mReady In
  • Category : Food
  • Subcategory : Appetizers and snacks
  • Main Ingredient : Bread, olive oil and garlic
  • Chef : Francis Brennan

Bruschetta , a popular appetizer or snack, consists of crusty grilled or toasted bread brushed with olive oil, rubbed with garlic and given any of a variety of toppings. It often features seasonal vegetables, as at Petterino’s in the Loop, where Chef Francis Brennan currently features a version with fresh asparagus and arugula.


  • 4 quarts water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 asparagus spears
  • 8 slices crusty bread (such as a baguette), 1/2-inch-thick
  • Olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto
  • 8 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2 pound baby arugula
  • 2 ounces shaved or grated parmesan cheese
  • Lemon


Bring the water to a boil and season generously with salt (the water should be salty like the ocean). Prepare a bowl filled with ice and water. Plunge the asparagus into the boiling water for 90 seconds. Immediately transfer the asparagus to the bowl filled with ice water and chill for 5 minutes. Remove from the water and slice each spear in half lengthwise. Set aside.

Toss the bread slices with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place slices on a grill over medium heat, and grill for 2 minutes on each side, or until nicely toasted on the outside and still soft in the middle. Remove from the grill and rub one side of the slices with the peeled garlic (or both sides if you like a lot of garlic!).

Drizzle some olive oil over the fresh mozzarella and asparagus spears. Then season with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, toss the arugula with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Place one slice of mozzarella on each piece of grilled bread, followed by a slice of prosciutto, and top with 2 halves of asparagus. Arrange the bruschetta around a plate or platter. Place the seasoned arugula in the middle of the plate and top with the parmesan.