Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, specializing in small plates that put modern twists on Italian classics, has created a special Spring Truffle Festival menu, highlighting the iconic truffle, available May 4 – 17 at its location in the Clifton Commons in Clifton.
Chef Josh Bernstein has created a one-of-a-kind menu featuring the “diamond of the kitchen,” known as one of the most desirable gourmet foods throughout the world, and a highlight of Italian culinary tradition. Each special dish encompasses the incomparable flavor and aroma of the truffles, and each includes a suggested, complementary wine pairing, featuring wines from the Piedmont region of Italy. Dishes include:
TRUFFLED ASPARAGUS BRUSCHETTA – Asparagus, pea purée, Pecorino tartufo, truffle oil. Paired with a 2012 Ceretto Arneis.
BEEF CARPACCIO – Pecorino tartufo, quail egg, truffled-citrus oil. Paired with a 2010 La Spinetta Barbera D’Asti ‘Ca di Pian.’
“CACIO E PEPE” – Roasted morel mushroom ragu, spring black truffles, basil, cracked pepper. Paired with a 2009 Cantalupo ‘Agamium’ Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo.
STRIPED BASS – Porcini mushrooms, fava beans and truffled-pea tendrils in a port reduction. Paired with a 2013 Gavi San Matteo.
CHOCOLATE TERRINE – Black truffle gelato, candied walnuts, Luxardo cherries. Paired with a Fizz ’56 Brachetto NV.