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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Earns Wine Spectator Restaurant Award in 2019

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Among 3,800 Winners; Full 2019 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue.

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Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2019 Restaurant Awards. The restaurants in Clifton, NJ and Garden City, NY are recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.
“We’re pleased to shine a spotlight on the destinations around the world that show devotion to their wine program, while also creating a comprehensive global dining guide for our readers to enjoy,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Both novice wine lovers and seasoned sommeliers alike actively seek and frequent restaurants with exciting, well-curated wine lists. Bravo to all the 2019 recipients—we raise a glass to you.”
“At Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, we believe our wine program is every bit as important as the food coming out of our kitchen,” said Regan DeBenedetto, director of operations, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. “We strive to cultivate a destination that allows our guests to sip and sample their way through a dining experience they will always remember and this recognition from Wine Spectator validates those efforts.”
Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,447; 1,244; and 100 winners this year in each respective category. Eight of the Grand Award winners are first timers.
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Clifton has won the Award of Excellence.
The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City has won the Best of Award of Excellence.
Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.
The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, on newsstands July 16, and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the 3,800 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. 
Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas features a chef-driven, scratch-made menu that changes seasonally, focusing on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. To complement its menu, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas has an extensive list of over 350 world-class wines available by the bottle with more than 60 wines by the glass. 
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About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 15,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.
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