Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
One of my all-time favorite restaurants in New Jersey is Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton, NJ. It is less than 40 minutes from NYC and is certainly worth the trip into the Garden State. Any time I choose a place to bring family or friends for dinner in New Jersey, I almost always choose Spuntino - I am obsessed and they are never disappointed!
Spuntino is almost exclusively a tapas restaurant - I recommend 2-3 plates per person, depending on the plate and how much you want to eat. Making Spuntino even better is that they strive to bring the freshest ingredients to their guests - they work with local farmers as much as possible. One of the hardest decisions you will have to make may not be which tapas to start with, but which wine to choose. Spuntino offers over 150 wine options - there is something for everyone - although I always choose the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc! Luckily, I have never had a server who doesn't steer me in the right direction - whether you have a question about wine or food - they have an answer.
Must Have Dishes at Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas
- Pick 3 - Salumi & Formaggi (the mozzarella cheese is SO fresh!)
- Truffle French Fries
- Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza (on the larger side when compared to the other tapas)
- Chicken Milanese
- Grilled Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta (pictured above)
I also always finish off my meal with the Apple Crostata - your meal is not complete without this sweet apple dessert!
P.S.: If you aren't in New Jersey, they have a location in Garden City, NY as well!
P.P.S.: If you aren't a tapas lover, Spuntino does offer lunch, brunch, and happy hour options!
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