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Spuntino Wine Bar Offers Taste of Piedmont Menu

Spuntino Wine Bar Offers Taste of Piedmont Menu

Tagliatelle Tartufo

Tagliatelle Tartufo

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates with modern twists to Italian classics and fine wines from around the world, is offering a special “Taste of Piedmont” menu at its locations in the Clifton Commons in Clifton, NJ and The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City, NY, now through January 20.

Guests are invited to take a journey through the Piedmont region of Italy, known for rich, savory food like truffles and slow-braised beef, which pair well with the powerful and tannin-heavy wines produced in the region. Piedmont is ideal for growing wine where the Nebbiolo grape thrives. The full three-course Taste of Piedmont menu includes:

Piccolo Peppers – Arancini stuffed, mozzarella, tomato jam.

o   Paired with a Damilano Arneis – Pale straw yellow with a delicate, enjoyable nose of fresh fruit, peach and apricot. Dry and fresh with elegant flavors and a moderate acidity. It’s a smooth and juicy sip suitable for appetizers, fish courses and white meat.

Tagliatelle Tartufo – Truffle pesto, pine nuts, shaved black truffles.

o   Paired with a Falesco ‘Ferentano’ Roscetto – Rich gamut of aromatic sensations ranging from banana to pineapple. The flavors are assertive, rich, soft and full with a superior, long and lingering finish.  

Brasato Al Barolo – Veal short rib, parsnip puree, Barolo reduction, sage gremolata.

o   Paired with a Pico Maccario ‘Lavignone’ Barbera – Bright and aromatic with aromas and flavors of red cherries, violets and wild herbs.

The tasting menu is available for $30 per person, or $45 including wine pairings. Menu items are also available a la carte. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com.

Cheers,

Veronique

Spuntino Wine Bar Holding Month Long Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Spuntino Wine Bar Holding Month Long Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Rico Fascino

Rico Fascino

From November 1-30, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas (http://spuntinowinebar.com) in Clifton will sell a specialty cocktail, the Rico Fascino, where a portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to United for Puerto Rico, an initiative created by the Office of the First Lady, Beatriz Rosselló, and a group from the private sector that came together with the purpose of helping those who lost their belongings during the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The idea for the fundraiser was sparked by Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas employee, Gabriela Lugo, who returned from a trip to the island just hours ahead of Hurricane Maria’s landfall and has family members living in Puerto Rico that were directly affected by the storm’s impact. Lugo’s personal experience and accounts of similar stories from fellow employees and customers became the inspiration for the fundraising initiative. Together, she and her colleague, Alexis Morgan, developed the idea and collaborated to create the Rico Fascino cocktail, gaining the support of the Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas team.

Those interested in making a direction donation to United for Puerto Rico can also visit www.unidosporpuertorico.com for more information.

Cheers,

Veronique

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas to Host Gaja Wine Dinner

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas to Host Gaja Wine Dinner

Braised Beef Cheek

 Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates and world class wines, invites guests to enjoy its Gaja Wine Dinner at its location in the Clifton Commons on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00pm. 

Chef de Cuisine Michel Desjardins has developed a five-course tasting menu expertly paired with wines from Gaja Winery, founded in 1959 by Giovanni Gaja, a local grape grower from the Piedmont region’s Langhe hillsSpecial guest Michele Zuckerman, Gaja ambassador, will provide tasting notes to guests during the dinner. 

The full menu includes:

  • Seared Scallops – Butternut squash purée, toasted coconut. Paired with a 2015 Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Vistamare.
  • Wild Boar Agnolotti – Ricotta, pecorino cheese. Paired with a 2013 Gaja Barbaresco DOP.
  • Braised Beef Cheek – Smashed fava bean. Paired with a 2013 Gaja DaGromis Barolo DOP.
  • Petit Filet – Mashed potatoes, roasted eggplant, Magari reduction. Paired a with 2015 Gaja Ca’ Marcanda Magari.
  • Cheese Plate– P’tit Basque, orange compote. Paired with a 2012 Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello.

Tickets for the Gaja Wine Dinner are $150 per person and can be purchased online by visiting http://spuntinowinebar.com/gaja-wine-dinner-clifton/

Cheers,

Veronique

Berries & Ricotta by Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Berries & Ricotta by Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

July is National Blueberry Month and Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas will feature specialty cocktails and dishes starring the little blue beauties as their juicy flavor come into full seasonal swing.

This summery dish will be served at the popular restaurant throughout the summer.

Berries & Ricotta

Makes 6

Ingredients:

Whipped Ricotta:

  • 16 oz of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 8 oz of Whipped Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Confectionary Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp of Honey
  • 1 Tbsp of Simple Syrup
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp of Orange Zest

To Plate:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Honey
  • Mint (for garnish)

Preparation:
Blend ricotta, cream cheese and remaining ingredients in food processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl. Cover bowl and refrigerate until set, about 2 – 3 Hours. Divide whipped ricotta mixture among six wine glasses or coupe glasses.  Top with fruit and drizzle with honey.  Garnish with mint. 

Enjoy!

Veronique

Boedecker Cellars Wine Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Boedecker Cellars Wine Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates that put modern twists on Italian classics and world class wines, invites guests to enjoy its Boedecker Cellars Wine Dinner at its location in the Clifton Commons on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00pm.

Special guest Stewart Boedecker, creator and owner of Boedecker Cellars – founded in 2003 by husband and wife team, Stewart and Athena Boedecker, and located in the heart of Willamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest– will provide tasting notes as guests sample their way through a five-course tapas-style tasting menu, developed to complement each wine selection. Boedecker Cellars crafts wines focused on quality, finesse and locality, and loves Pinot Noir, recognizing and appreciating different aspects that make these wines very elegant.

The full menu includes:

Fig & Burrata – Speck, basil, chili oil, balsamic glaze. Paired with a Boedecker Cellars Pinot Blanc 2013.

Seared Mackerel – Escarole, vine-ripe tomato, saffron broth. Paired with a Boedecker Cellars Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014.

Gorgonzola Risotto – Braised lamb, Pinot Noir braising liquid. Paired with a Boedecker Cellars Stewart Pinot Noir 2013.

Pork Chop – Sweet potato puree, Boedecker reduction, fried leeks. Paired with a Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir 2013.

Chocolate Tart – Grand Marnier, strawberries, raspberry sauce. Paired with a Boedecker Cellars Cherry Grove Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012.

Tickets for the Boedecker Cellars Wine Dinner are $79 per person and can be purchased online by visiting http://spuntinowinebar.com/boedecker-wine-dinner-clifton.

Taste of Roma Limited Time Menu at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Taste of Roma Limited Time Menu at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Espresso Tiramisu Trifle

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, known for its small plates with modern twists to Italian classics and fine wines from around the world, will be offering a special Taste of Roma menu at its locations in the Clifton Commons in Clifton, NJ and The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City, NY from April 3 – 16.

The five-course Taste of Roma menu includes:

  • Zucchini Flowers – Ricotta cheese, tomato jam. Paired with a 2015 Fontana Candida Frascati.
  • Carciofo alla Roma – Artichoke hearts, garlic butter, Pecorino Romano. Paired with a 2011 Falesco Ferentano Roscetto.
  • Bucatini Amatriciana – Pancetta, spicy tomato sauce. Paired with a 2015 Poggio Ai Lupi Sangiovese.
  • Braised Oxtail – Chianti-braised oxtail, tomatoes, Asiago polenta. Paired with a 2012 Di Majo Norante “Ramitello’ Montepulciano Blend.
  • Expresso Tiramisu Trifle– Amaretto mascarpone, hazelnut cake, bittersweet chocolate. Paired with a 2015 Ca’Bianca Moscato.

The tasting menu is available for $45 per person, or $70 including wine pairings. Menu items are also available a la carte. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com.

Cheers,

Veronique

National Pi Day at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

National Pi Day at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

On Tuesday, March 14 in celebration of Pi Day, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas will offer $3.14 personal pizzas all day long.

This offer is valid  for dine-in guests at the Clifton, NJ and Garden City, NY locations.

Happy Pi Day! Veronique

Spuntino Grilled Peach and Burrata

Spuntino Grilled Peach and Burrata

Grilled Peach & Burrata_IMG_3303Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas celebrates National Peach Month with some outstanding food and drinks specials taking advantage of the peak of peach season. One of the specials Executive Chef Josh Bernstein is showcasing is Grilled Peach & Burrata – fresh local grilled peaches, local burrata, Prosciutto di Parma, hazelnuts, basil, honey with extra virgin olive oil. Grilling the peaches caramelizes the sugars in the fruit, deepening the sweetness, while the burrata provides a creamy base balanced with a bit of crunch from the hazelnuts on top. Basil and honey lend a complementary note the sweetness of the peach, rounding out the dish.  

Chef Bernstein shared his recipe with me, and I’m sharing it with you:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 peach, cut in 6 slices and grilled
  • 2 oz. burrata
  • 2 slices prosciutto
  • 1 tsp hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp basil, chiffonade
  • 1/4 tsp Maldon sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Method

  1. Arrange grilled peaches on a large square plate in a diagonal line.
  2. Spoon burrata on top and in between peaches. Drape prosciutto on top.
  3. Sprinkle chopped hazelnut on top of the burrata.
  4. Drizzle with honey and olive oil.
  5. Garnish with basil, Maldon salt and cracked black pepper.

If you prefer to visit Spuntino for this and other specials, the popular restaurant is located at: 70 Kingsland Road
Clifton, NJ 07014.

Cheers,

Veronique

Wine Events at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Wine Events at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

SpuntinoSpuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas will offer a special Foods and Wines of Venice menu at its Clifton Commons location in Clifton, NJ. This menu will be available from January 27 through February 10.

Amazing wines will be paired with specialty dishes hand-crafted by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein.

Foods and Wines of Venice Menu:

SCALLOP CEVICHE BRUSCHETTA – Mint pesto, golden raisins, pine nuts red pepper and red onion.

Paired with a Bisol ‘Jeio’ Prosecco.

BEFF CARPACCIO – Lemon thyme aioli, baby arugula, capers, Maldon salt, shaved Pecorino Romano. Paired with a 2013 Filippi Castelcerino Soave Classico.

RISOTTO DI MARI – Vialone nano rice, shrimp, sea bream, mascarpone, Pecorino Romano, fresh herbs. Paired with a 2012 Bertani Valpolicella.

BRAISED BEEF CHEEKS – Slow-braised with Asiago polenta, fried Brussels sprout leaves.

Paired with a 2013 Zenato Alanera Baby Amarone.

TIRAMISU – Espresso-dipped lady fingers, house-made tiramisu, cocoa powder.

Paired with a Volpaia Vin Santo.

The tasting menu is $45 per person, or $65 per person including wine pairings. Menu items are also available a la carte, and the full menu and link to make reservations are available at www.SpuntinoWineBar.com.

Albert Bichot

Albert Bichot Wine Dinner – January 28

On January 28, the restaurant will host its Albert Bichot Wine Dinner, starring wines from the French wine region of Burgundy. The wines will be paired with a complementary five-course tapas-style tasting menu developed by Chef Bernstein, including dishes such as Crab Cake – upland cress, whole grain mustard, Berkshire Pork Cheek – asiago polenta, fried sprout leaves, and Old Chatham Camembert – black fruit compote.

Tickets to the wine dinner are $89 per person and can be purchased on the website, www.spuntinowinebar.com/albert-bichot-wine-dinner-clifton.

70 Kingsland Road, Clifton, NJ 07014. Tel: (973) 661-2435.

Cheers,

Veronique

Frog’s Leap Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar 10/29

Frog’s Leap Dinner at Spuntino Wine Bar 10/29

frogs_leap_logoSpuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas is hosting a Frog’s Leap Wine Dinner at its location in the Clifton Commons on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will highlight wines produced by Frog’s Leap Winery, grown organically since 1988. The wines will be paired with a complementary five-course menu developed by Executive Chef Josh Bernstein, which includes: 

FOIE GRAS BUDINO – Roasted fig, Sauvignon Blanc wine gelee. Paired with a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

KABOCHA SQUASH RAVIOLLO – Browned butter, black trumpet mushrooms, hazelnuts, sage. Paired with a 2013 Chardonnay.

PAN ROASTED CHILEAN SEA BASS – Duck confit, parsnips, savoy cabbage, beet coulis. Paired with a 2013 Zinfandel.

DRY AGED RIB EYE – 28-day dry aged rib eye, grilled trumpet mushrooms, carrot puree, cocoa demi. Paired with a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

PEAR AND GORGONZOLA STRUDEL – Walnuts, honey, vanilla gelato, Merlot Vincotto. Paired with a 2012 Merlot.

Tickets for the Frog’s Leap Wine Dinner, which has limited seating, can be purchased in advance for a cost of $99/person by clicking herewhere the full menu along with wine tasting notes can also be viewed.

For more information, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com or at Facebook.

Cheers,

Veronique