Picazo Restaurant

Butternut squash is one of those vegetables that need something extra to make them taste good. At Picazo Restaurant (1421 Preston, 713-236-1300), chef David Palomo has found the perfect solution — butternut squash with fontina ($8.95). He partially cooks the squash, then slices it in half, removing the seeds and mixing most of the squash meat with ample quantities of the pungent Italian cheese before finishing the cooking process in the oven. The sweet squash marries perfectly with the sharp taste of this creamy cheese, which melts easily. It makes for a wonderfully simple, tasty appetizer.
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