chef summer favorites

Summer food features fresh, flavorful dishes that highlight seasonal offerings and incorporate summer’s bounty.


When it comes to cooking, grilling takes center stage during the summer’s warmer months. Some surefire crowd-pleasers that are also super simple to prepare include asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, peppers, and pork ribs.

Find these ingredients on Spuntino’s menu:

  • Grilled Vegetable Plate – Asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red pepper and balsamic glaze
  • Pork Ribs with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce – Traditional baby back ribs get an Italian-style update as the ribs are coated in a spice rub, marinated and then brushed with a balsamic vinegar infused barbecue sauce before grilling
  • Garden Vegetable Pizza – Pecorino Romano, goat cheese and San Marzano tomato sauce topped with roasted red pepper, orange pepper, artichoke hearts, red onions and cherry tomatoes. Finished with balsamic glaze

Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

In addition to grilling, seasonal, locally sourced fruits and veggies become shining stars in everything from fresh salads to decadent desserts, including heirloom cherry tomatoes and local blueberries and strawberries.

Find these ingredients on Spuntino’s menu:

  • Caprese Salad – Heirloom tomatoes take center stage in this seasonal spin on a classic, with  house-made fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, tomato jam, micro basil, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze
  • Berries & Ricotta – Whipped ricotta with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries drizzled with honey


When it comes to wine, rosé during warmer months is a must. We also recommend keeping an eye out for Sicilian wine.

Find it on Spuntino’s menu:

  • Wölffer Estate Rosé
  • Murgo Etna Bianco
  • Tenuta Rapitala Campo Reale Nero D’Avola


There’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail when warm weather hits, from perfect summer sangrias that go beyond the traditional red and white to cold brew coffee cocktails to provide a jolt of energy. Some fun ingredients to include are blueberries, strawberries, peaches, and fresh lemon juice!

Find these ingredients on Spuntino’s menu:

  • Cold Brew Classic – Jameson Irish Whiskey, cold brew coffee, salted caramel, whole milk, whipped cream
  • Berry Lemonade – Double Cross Vodka, muddled, strawberries and blueberries, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup
  • Rosé Sangria – Everyone loves sipping on fruity rosé wine, but next time, select your favorite rosé wine and mix it with Peach schnapps, pineapple juice and your favorite fruits – including strawberries, citrus, and peaches – to make a delicious and unique sangria
  • Peach Sangria – Now that peaches are going to be perfectly juicy, it’s time to cut them up and put them in your cocktails! Adding fresh peaches to white wine and peach schnapps makes for a fruity and delicious sangria

What are your favorite ingredients to use in the summer? Let us know in the comments below!