Quick Bite

Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas

Options are plentiful at this Italian eatery, located at the Clifton Commons shopping center.

Hours: Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–midnight; Fri and Sat, 11:30 am–1 am; Sun, 11:30 am–11 pm

Price: $/$$

Style: Italian food in an industrial-chic dining room with well-spaced tables, open kitchen and floor-to-ceiling wine display.

Don’t Miss: Options are plentiful on this small-plates menu divided into nine distinct categories, ranging from salads to pastas to veggies to meat and fish. Dishes include eggplant parm, truffle fries and fried artichoke hearts. Bruschetta toasts have a section of their own. They come with toppings such as grilled shrimp scampi, seared tuna or braised wild boar with pickled brussels sprouts. Try the fungi bruschetta, topped with wild mushroom ragù, fragrant roasted garlic, sage butter and a sprinkle of chives ($3.50); or the caramelized onion, its sweetness balanced by crumbled goat cheese ($3). In other sections, you’ll find grilled hanger steak with salsa verde ($11); braised pork belly with butternut squash and charred pearl onions ($10); and seared salmon atop cauliflower purée with a smear of fig-mustard glaze ($12). Vegetables include broccoli rabe in garlic and olive oil ($4); brussels sprouts sautéed with Parmigiano-Reggiano ($4); and Napoleon-like sweet-potato pavé, not overly  sweet, with a hint of cream ($3). A few larger plates (piattoni) are offered. For sharing, try the mixed grill (lamb chops, hanger steak, Goffle Farm chicken, wild-boar sausage and roasted vegetables, $36) or the pesce al cartoccio (branzino, mussels, clams and calamari cooked in parchment, $16).

Heads Up: The wine list is extensive. Servers are knowledgeable and happy to help with pairings. You can purchase by the glass, bottle, half-liter or liter.

The Scoop: Spuntino, at the Clifton Commons shopping center, is located far enough from the movie complex that parking is rarely a problem.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    Italian
  • Price Range:
    Inexpensive
  • Wine list:
    Extensive
  • Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas
    70 Kingsland Road
    Clifton, NJ 07014
  • Hours:
    Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–midnight; Fri and Sat, 11:30 am–1 am; Sun, 11:30 am–11 pm

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