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Passover-inspired menu at Spuntino in Garden City

During Passover, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

During Passover, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City is serving Italian-Jewish specialties such as Pollo Ezechiele (Ezekiel's chicken), a half chicken braised with cherry tomatoes, Gaeta olives and herbs, March 2015. Credit: Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Ta

To celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover, which begins on April 3, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas’s executive chef, Josh Bernstein, and general manager, Andrew Rossi, have developed a special menu of traditional Italian-Jewish dishes at the Garden City restaurant. Rome’s Jewish community dates back more than 2,000 years; Bernstein and Rossi also looked to Venetian Jewish cooking for inspiration.

While the dishes are inspired by Passover, they are not kosher for Passover.

On the menu:

Brodo con Polpette: Fresh dumplings made from chicken and matzo, served in chicken broth, $4

Pesce Pomodoro: Seared cod stewed in tomato sauce, $10

Pollo Ezechiele (Ezekial’s chicken, pictured): Half a chicken braised with cherry tomatoes, Gaeta olives and herbs, $13

Stracotto di Manzo: Red-wine-braised beef brisket served over roasted fingerling potatoes, $11

Bocca di Dama: Flourless citrus-scented almond cake, $5

Wine pairings are available for each dish.

The five dishes will be available April 3-11. Spuntino’s regular kitchen remains open — preparing chametz (leavened and grain-baseed items) — during the holiday.

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, The Gallery at Westbury, 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-228-5400,


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