The Long Island Mamas recently had the chance to check out Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, a newly opened restaurant in Garden City.
Tucked away in the Gallery at Westbury Plaza, Spuntino’s ordinary store front appearance blends into its strip mall surroundings, but don’t let it’s location fool you, once you walk through the door, it’s easy to see that Spuntino is far from ordinary.
Serving up tapas, which are finger-foods, or small tastes of food, Spuntino adds an Italian twist to this traditionally Spanish style of eating.
On the menu you’ll find Italian classics: pizza, pasta, bruschetta, both in the customary sense, and some a bit more daring, including this Mamas favorite the Fig & Prosciutto pizza; which combine flavors of bitter, sweet, and earthy to tempt your palate and leave you wanting more…YUMMY!
In speaking with Andrea Luca Rossi, Spuntino’s General Manager & Executive Chef Ryan Keough, their farm to table concept is not new, but one they hope will help keep customers coming back for more. They work with local growers and farms, keeping a simple approach; which includes plans to change the menu at least four times a year to coincide with the four seasons, and with what is the freshest at that specific time of year.
The casual, yet trendy atmosphere makes this a good restaurant for date night, a night out with the girls, or even a special family dinner with the kids; and be sure to bring someone who likes to share. Spuntino’s is perfectly made for it!
Other special features at Spuntino include over 50 wines by the glass, plus many gluten-free items as well.
And though Spuntino is a “tapas” restaurant, specializing in small portions, their desserts are anything but, so make sure you leave room. The “Ciambelle” is a MUST HAVE! Don’t let the brown, greased bag fool you, the “Ciambelle” has the feel of a carnival zeppole – but taste more like a Beignet from Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans. These small, hand-made donuts come with your choice of chocolate sauce, Nutella, or a salted-caramel dipping sauce that is simply put OUT OF THIS WORLD!
So go check out Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, located at 1002 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530, and be sure to tell them that the Long Island Mamas sent you…you won’t be disappointed!
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
1002 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone #: (516)228-5400
Post & Photos by: Kim Como