Clifton and Garden City restaurants will donate a portion of the proceeds to City Green and Island Harvest.
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
, specializing in small plates with modern twists to Italian classics and fine wines from around the world, today announced the launch of its first plant-based menu at its locations in the Clifton Commons in Clifton, NJ and The Gallery at Westbury Plaza in Garden City, NY.
Available from July 1 – 31, this five-course tapas-style tasting menu celebrates local, seasonal ingredients served at the peak of freshness. Not only will this menu satisfy your appetite, but it will support local harvest and community farms throughout New Jersey and New York, including Antonio Mozzarella in Newark, NJ, Baldor and Blue Ribbon Fish in Bronx, NY, City Green Farm in Clifton, NJ, DiCarlo and J.Kings in Holtsville, NY and Vrola Meat Company in South Amboy, NJ.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the menu will benefit local nonprofit organizations that support causes related to hunger relief and expanding access to fresh and healthy food in urban areas. Specifically, the restaurants will donate $1 for each dish sold from the plant-based menu, or $5 when guests order the full five-course tasting menu. Proceeds in Clifton will support City Green
, a non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food. Proceeds in Garden City will benefit Island Harvest
, Long Island’s leading hunger-relief organization, which provides food and other resources to people in need with a goal to end hunger and reduce food waste throughout Long Island.
“We are pleased to offer our first plant-based tasting menu,” said Regan DeBenedetto, director of operations, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. “Our culinary team is continuously committed to incorporating fresh and locally-sourced ingredients into our menus, and we’re very proud to continue supporting local businesses as well as two great nonprofit organizations that strive to increase access to fresh food for those in need.”
The full menu includes:
Jicama & Mango Salad – Jicama, mango, red bell pepper, citrus vinaigrette, chives. Paired with Zardetto Prosecco NV.
Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro – Roasted spaghetti squash, Italian cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil. Paired with Soave Classico Suavia 2017.
Grilled Vegetables – Grilled asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, roasted pepper, balsamic glaze. Paired with Boedecker Pinot Noir 2015.
Beet & Goat Cheese Terrine – Red beets, goat cheese, micro greens, balsamic glaze, extra virgin olive oil. Paired with Super Tuscan Allestino Rosso 2016.
Eggplant Meatball – Eggplant, breadcrumbs, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, basil. Paired with Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014.
The tasting menu is available for $50 per person, or $70 including wine pairings. Menu selections are also available a la carte. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.SpuntinoWineBar.com
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About Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas specializes in small plates that put modern twists to Italian classics, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. To complement its menu, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas has an extensive list of world-class wines available by the bottle, with over 60 selections offered by the glass. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas has locations at Clifton Commons on Route 3 in Clifton, NJ and The Gallery at Westbury Plaza on Long Island. For more information, or to book a reservation, visit www.spuntinowinebar.com.