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Summertime with Spuntino

By | Cuisine

In the summer no one feels like staying in the kitchen! So here are some of our favorites that you can enjoy with us to keep your kitchen cool!

Sensational Sips

It’s time for a night out and the best way to start it is with one of our delicious craft cocktails created by our mixologist. If you enjoy the classics, try our take on the Old Fashioned with our City Fashioned that has just the right amount of sweet to cut through a typically bitter beverage. But if you’re up for something that will turn heads try out our Smoke and Mirrors cocktail that features edible flowers for a drink that tastes as good as it looks!

Fresh Starters

If you know Spuntino you know that we love our bruschetta. Whether it be our more decadent Grilled Shrimp Scampi or the simple Tomato & Basil these bites are always filled with flavor and the perfect way to get a taste of our menu. Another one of our popular items is our Spuntino Board which is a selection of meats, cheeses, and more that transport you to Italy and are the perfect snack to enjoy with your wine.

Main Bites

Summertime is perfect for the Pesce section of our menu! Our selection of seafood brings you flavors of the shore with our Crispy Octopus and Calamari. These fresh bites are always crisped to perfection and brought to you the moment they are ready.

Something Sweet

You can’t enjoy your summer without some sweet bites to take you back to when you were a kid! Grab our version of the Italian doughnut; our Ciambelle is perfectly fried and served with everyone’s favorite dipping sauces, including Nutella. If you’re looking for something a bit fruitier try out our House-Made Apple Crostata served with salted caramel. Enjoying this will make you think twice about your apple pie recipe.

No matter what your taste is Spuntino has something for everyone to enjoy this summer! So get out of your kitchen and enjoy a night out with us!


Cooking at home with Truffles

By | Cuisine, Recipe

The truffle has been seen as a delicacy for centuries. Whether it be the Black truffle of Italy or the White truffle from France, truffles have always been seen as something that you could only find in the top restaurants during truffle season which runs from mid-September through December for White Truffles and November through February for the Black Truffle. But now with our Spuntino Truffle Oil you can create your own masterpieces at home.

@aldentediva on Instagram has created her own version of our famous truffle fries by using our Truffle Oil as a final drizzle to her homemade Parmesan fries.

You can use her method of drizzling our oil for flavor on veggies and meat dishes alike! But besides just a final touch to make a spectacular dish you can also use our truffle oil as a way to make the perfect mac and cheese! @longislandfoodsavage on Instagram created their own truffle macaroni and cheese which is one of the biggest crowd pleasers of all time!

Make your own truffle mac and cheese with our spectacular truffle oil for yourself with the recipe below!


  • 16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked (or other tubular pasta)
  • 1 TBSP Spuntino Truffle Oil
  • 6 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese shredded salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 4 TBSP butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 TSP. Smoked Paprika (or regular)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter large baking dish with melted butter.
  2. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente (about 7 1/2 minutes) Drain.
  3. Melt unsalted butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Incorporate flour until a paste-like consistency is formed.
  4. Slowly whisk in 2 cups of whole milk and stir until smooth. Add remaining milk and heavy cream, increase heat and whisk constantly until mixture is thick and almost boiling.
  5. Stir Gruyere and cheddar cheese into the milk mixture until melted.
  6.  Add truffle oil and fold cheese mixture into macaroni. Add Salt & Pepper to taste.
  7.  Add mixture to baking dish, top with breadcrumbs, Parmesan, & paprika, and bake until gold brown and bubbling (about 30 minutes)
  8. Cool for 10 minutes and enjoy as a side or as your own special meal!

What are your favorite truffle oil recipes? Tell us in the comments below!

Winter Trends for 2019

By | Cuisine

Cozy up next to these seasonal flavors and hide away from the cold!

Refreshing  Choices

 Start your meal with a flavorful wake up call for your taste buds. Seeing some fresh greens and squash in the winter will be a relief from some of your heavier dishes throughout the winter. Some items from our salad section fit this profile perfectly.

  • Caprese Inverno with roasted delicate squash, tomato jam, and a balsamic glaze
  • Beet and Watercress with crumbled goat cheese, candied pistachios, fresh horseradish, and herb vinaigrette. 

Wholesome Food Pairings

Dine on something that your body will thank you for! Enjoy some hearty items to help push away those winter blues! Hearty food not only keeps you warm but also packs tons of flavors to help make your time away from the snow exciting. Our house-made pasta dishes and scratch made meat selections are the meals you deserve this winter.

  •  Orecchiette Con Salsiccia & Broccoli Rabe
  • Pork Ribs with balsamic barbecue sauce
  • Short Rib with cauliflower purée and micro greens

Wine Time!

Dinner in the winter can’t be complete without a nice glass of a wine that is rich in flavor! And of course what’s a wine bar without a bottle of the best?! These are some of the very best winter selections from our own wine collection.

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Starmont 
  • Brunello Di Montalcino, Poggiotondo
  • Meritage, Chappellet ‘Mountain Cuvee’


Fresh pasta making

Making Fresh Pasta Daily

By | Cuisine
Our delectable pasta is made in house daily. From the classic spaghetti to orecchiette every piece has a Spuntino touch. Watch as our chef crafts some of our carb-filled favorites from scratch. Only the best ingredients are used for our pastas which is evident within the first few bites.
All about Truffles

All About Truffles

By | Cuisine

Also known as “Diamonds of the gourmet world,” truffles are a type of mushroom. In Italy people value the enticing taste of truffles and take pride in the flavor it brings to famous Italian dishes. Truffles are considered desirable as they are said to smell like heaven.

Truffles are Hunted

Truffles are found in forest areas of North America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and truffle hunting season takes place between September and May. Truffles grow about one to four inches underground on tree roots; they are found on the roots of various kinds of oak and hazelnut trees. Specially trained animals are required to find them. In the past, pigs were favored for finding truffles, but since they continuously ate them as a snack, they trained different animals to hunt them. Today, truffle dogs are trained to locate truffles through operant conditioning. Because truffles are in high demand and they are so difficult to source, they are one of the most expensive delicacies in the world.

Black and White Truffles

The two most well-known truffles are the black Perigord of France and the white winter truffle of Italy. Black and white truffles have their differences. Black truffles tend to have an earthier flavor and are often served on pasta or pizza. White truffles have a more garlic nutty flavor, they are the most expensive type of truffle you can buy and they are typically served raw over risotto, pasta, or scrambled eggs. Both types of truffles are always best eaten as fresh as possible since after about 4 days they lose their beloved flavor.


View our Spring Truffle menu, featuring black truffles!

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Our Chef’s Fall Favorites

By | Cuisine

Everyone’s favorite time of year is here, and along with the cool weather comes hearty autumn flavors! We picked our chefs’ minds & came up with a few fall trends to look out for this year as well as where you can find it on our menu!


When it comes to the transition of the seasons and the changing of colors, cinnamon is a common ingredient especially when it comes to using it with apples and squash! Cinnamon adds quintessential fall flavor while providing high levels of antioxidants. You will also find cinnamon added to beverages like coffee, cocktails and even beer. All in all, we think cinnamon is a comforting fall ingredient!
Find it on our menu: Spice Cake & Apple Crostata on our dessert menu


Common mushrooms like crimini and portabella are available all year long. Many special and exotic mushrooms are cultivated during the Autumn at their peak, and many are great with pasta, chicken and meat dishes. We make our ragu with portabella, crimini, shiitake, and porcini mushrooms. Black truffle is at high peak from September until December in central and northern regions of Italy. Black and White truffles can be anywhere from the size of an egg to the size of an orange, and usually grow in shady zones with lots of moisture.
Find it on our menu: Mushroom Lasagna & Risotto ai Funghi


As the weather gets cooler, people start to think about heartier, stick-to-your-ribs type of dishes. Winter squash paired with braised meats and red wines are particularly a favorite of ours! Some types of squash are available all year round, but keep your eye on the ones that are seasonal and can be used for salads, soups, fried or grilled.
Find it on our menu: Baby Arugula & Butternut Squash & Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta

chef summer favorites

Our Chef’s Summer Favorites

By | Cuisine

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!

Our Chef’s Fall Favorites

By | Cuisine

Autumn is finally here and that means all of our fall favorites are ready for harvest. With multiple preparation techniques available and a myriad of flavors to explore, our Chef is sharing his knowledge on all the wonderful ingredients that autumn has to offer.

Brussels Sprouts

We love to incorporate Brussels sprouts on our menu during the fall and winter months. Not only are they nutritional powerhouses and loaded with vitamins, but you are able to do a lot more with Brussels sprouts than just boiling them like we all had when we were growing up! One easy and delicious way to cook them is in the oven. Cut the Brussels sprouts in half and simply toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them at 425* for 30 minutes. You can also shave raw Brussels sprouts and add them to any salad to bring an extra crunch!
Here’s where you can find Brussels sprouts on our fall menu:

  • Pork Belly with crispy Brussels sprout leaves
  • Brussels Sprout & Pancetta Pizza
  • On the side sautéed with Parmigiano Reggiano


Each year, we look forward to the fall harvest because that means squash is back! Roasted butternut squash is the perfect accompaniment to many dishes in the fall! Squash is very versatile, brings a pop of color to the plate, and tastes great, but sometimes it can get a little intimidating to cut through the outer shell of the squash so look out for the precut butternut squash in your local grocery store. Toss your cubed butternut squash with olive oil, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. Roast that in the oven for 30 minutes with the final two minutes on broil to make sure you get that extra caramelization. This is an easy side but will impress everyone at your dining table!
Here’s where you can find squash on our fall menu:

  • Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta
  • Roasted Spaghetti Squash with olive oil and fried sage leaves

Root Vegetables

When we think fall, root vegetables immediately come to mind. Root vegetables such as beets, parsnips, turnips, and carrots are packed with nutrients, low in calories and great in the fall. There are countless things you are able to do with these ingredients including roasting, making a tarte tatin, pickling or making into a salad to name a few. If it is not too cold outside, a great way to cook carrots is on the grill. First cook your carrots in salted boiling water until crisp-tender. Toss the cooked carrots in olive oil and any spice mixture you feel like and grill carrots until they are lightly charred and begin to caramelize. Bonus – the clean up is easy!
Here’s where you can find root vegetables on our fall menu:

  • Shaved Root Vegetable Salad
  • Ginger Carrot Coup cocktail


Yams & sweet potatoes are the traditional side dish once the weather starts getting cooler. In the same family as sweet potatoes, yams are definitely one of our fall favorites this time of season. Yams are delicious when roasted and mashed, but who doesn’t love the classic side dish at Thanksgiving with marshmallows on top! Boil the yams until tender and then cut them in thick slices. Start to place the cut yams in a casserole dish and layer with brown sugar and margarine. Repeat that a few times until you have a number of layers in the dish. Bake in the oven until the yams have a glaze (about 35 minutes). Sprinkle marshmallows over the top and bake for an additional five more minutes. You will be going back for seconds and thirds!
Here’s where you can find yams on our fall menu:

  • Organic Roasted Fingerling Yams on the side with drizzled smoked aioli
  • Pork Belly with roasted organic fingerling yams

Let us know what your favorite fall ingredients are and how you incorporate them into your meals!