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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
1002 Old Country Rd.
Westbury, NY 11590

Beet and Goat Cheese Terrina paired with Sorelle Casa 'Secco', Prosecco Rose

Speck in Carozza paired with Argiolas 'Costamolino', Vermentino

Eggplant Parmesan paired with Aia Vecchia 'Lagone', Super Tuscan

Overall: 8.5/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Decor: 8/10
Value: 8/10

Finding an Italian restaurant on Long Island is a pretty easy task. Finding one that is truly unique, now that's the challenge. But challenge no more, because Spuntino is doing things different from the rest. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas takes the traditionally Spanish tapas style dining and turns it into an experience.

According to Spuntino, "we put a modern twist to Italian classics, combining the genuine energy and passion of an authentic enoteca with the cool vibe and excitement of a Manhattan bistro." With its expansive menu of food and wine from all regions of Italy, Spuntino takes you on an exploratory journey of the senses. Offering over 150 wines and more than 50 available by the glass, you are sure to have the perfect pairing to any dish. Menu sections include Salumi and Formaggi, Insalate, Piatti Piccoli, Bruschetta, Carne and Pesce, Pizze, Pasta, Vedura and Piattoni, or larger plates made for sharing.

We had the pleasure of dining at Spuntino the other day, and we already can't wait to go back. Their daily deal for the Sommelier's Selection tasting couldn't be beat at $15 a person for 3 food and wine pairings--I believe it is normally $25. The staff made the experience even better by explaining all the details of the dishes, the flavors and aromas of the wines and the regions of Italy they are from. Each 2oz. wine pour was the perfect amount to do a tasting, and every course was wonderfully paired. They also catered to our son by giving him a small piece of dough to play with while his regular cheese pizza (not on the menu) was prepared.

The first course in the Sommelier's tasting was the Beet and Goat Cheese Terrina of red and golden beets with goat cheese and a balsamic glaze, paired with the Sorelle Casa 'Secco' Prosecco Rosè. The creaminess and mild saltiness of the goat cheese blended nicely with the sweet and earthy beets, and the balsamic glaze provided the perfect amount of acid. The sweet bubbly with notes of rose, strawberry, dark cherries and black raspberries paired beautifully.

The second course was the Speck in Carozza made up of smoked prosciutto, fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers on rustic bread, pan fried and served with a delicious house-made tomato sauce. This little sandwich could easily become a guilty pleasure with all its crispy butteriness, salty, gooey mozzarella and smoky prosciutto. That's why the perfect wine counterpart was the Argiolas 'Costamolino' Vermentino white wine, light and refreshing with citrus, pineapple, tropical fruits and honey flavor notes on the nose and a zesty acidity on the palate.

The third and final course for the Sommelier's tasting included the Eggplant Parmesan paired with the Aia Vecchia 'Langone' Super Tuscan. The eggplant was light and crispy, one of the best we've ever had. I could truly eat that every day! While we usually shy away from red wines, the Super Tuscan paired well as expected. A blend of reds, it is described as "a vibrant swirl of black cherry, tea and fennel notes, rich fairly intense black currant and tea flavors with polished tannins and lingering finish of fruit, mocha and mint."

Satisfied but not full, we decided to order dessert. Everything else was so good we couldn't help ourselves. Ciambelle or Italian doughnuts, were served with chocolate sauce, nutella and a salted caramel dipping sauce while the Apple Crostata was topped with the same salted caramel sauce and creamy vanilla gelato. The ciambelle were presented in a brown paper bag, hot and tossed with confectioner's sugar, and dipping in the salted caramel sauce was our favorite. The Apple Crostata was of course served hot with the vanilla gelato melting on top, and was the perfect way to end our meal.

Throughout the evening, the staff was terrific. From the second we walked in and throughout every course, everyone was upbeat and knowledgeable and more than ready to serve. Others besides our waiter helped bring wines to the table, filled waters, cleared plates--it was a group effort, and everyone acted as part of a cohesive team. Executive Chef Ryan Keough came to our table to see how we enjoyed everything and we couldn't help but rave about how much we loved everything.

Without a doubt, we will be back time and time again to try the endless combinations of small plates, wine pairings and exceptional service. The prices are very reasonable and allow you to combine several small plates to make up a perfect, memorable meal.

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