Get Ready For Jersey’s ‘NEW’ Italian Dining Concept: Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas Opening

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas is opening Monday, April 23, 2012. The restaurant is located at Clifton Commons, Route 3, at 94 Kingsland Road (across from Target) in Clifton, NJ 07014.

Spuntino’ uniqueness comes from sharing Italian tapas and pizza with family and friends providing freedom from the traditional three-course meal.  Diners enjoy tapas­—a variety of small dishes and hand-stretched pizzas that can be mixed and matched and paired with an impressive selection of Italian wines.

Executive Chef Joshua Bernstein graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America in 1999, and is the former owner of 9 North Restaurant in Wayne, NJ, which received critical acclaim and three stars from the New York Times and Bergen Record in recognition of his culinary talents.  Josh oversees a creative menu of Italian tapas that are perfectly portioned to offer endless opportunities for a meal like no other.  The flavorful Italian tapas menu includes more than 50 plates including antipasti, bruschettas, salads, vegetables, meatballs, pasta, hand-stretched thin crust pizza, and grill offerings. Affordably priced, the tapas are offered in addition to a fine selection of premium meats and cheeses sliced fresh for you at the Salumi and Formaggi Corner­ – Spuntino’ Italian cheeses and cured meats bar.

Spuntino offers 42 Italian wines by the glass and more than 100 wines by the bottle, including special reserve offerings. Spuntino showcases its 1,800 Italian bottles of wine in temperature-controlled glass cabinets.  Spuntino’resident Sommelier will be on hand to provide friendly wine education and assist with personal selections to perfectly complement each meal. In addition, nine Italian beers are also available.Spuntino provides a warm and inviting setting created with wood, tile and steel industrial aesthetics along with booths and communal seating that support the intimate design, by architect Paul Portell of Portell Architecture, PLLC.

Michael Guido, is the general manager of the open-kitchen restaurant. Spuntino will be open seven days a week, including late nights to accommodate the late-night dining crowd. A wonderfully-private dining room is available for intimate parties and corporate celebrations.  Ample complimentary parking is available and all major credit cards are accepted.

To view the menu and learn more about Spuntino, please visit