The multiple changes in ownership haven't impacted the integrity of this Highlands spot. The food is quality italian -- the current owners spent months traveling and learning different tricks of cuisine. Try the house made porchetta, the Maiale, and look out for homemade gelato at the end.
The gist: Though not new, Spuntino and Chef Cindhura Reddy continue to impress (hence yet another James Beard nomination for best mountain chef) with globally inspired Italian food in a warm, relaxed spot on LoHi’s West 32nd Avenue.
The food: Nothing is really off-limits in terms of influence when it comes to Spuntino’s menu, though Reddy’s South-Indian heritage certainly takes the spotlight on many dishes. You’ll find Italian standards like pappardelle but with goat ragu and Pecorino cheese alongside varying daily pasta specials or plates like the veggie-forward giardino, with yogurt and spice-marinated cauliflower, aloo tikki, pakora fried red onions, coconut peanut chutney, and mint-cilantro oil. In short: Everything is good here.
How to book: Make a reservation on OpenTable
Husband-and-wife team Elliot Strathmann and Chef Cindhura Reddy took over this neighborhood favorite in 2014 and have been crafting a menu of seasonally changing dishes that often feature local ingredients ever since. The food isn't old-school Italian, but the hospitality is. So settle in and let this culinary duo wow you with dishes like handmade pasta tossed with Indian spice-preserved garlic and perfectly poached egg, and risotto arancini crammed full of Hatch green chile, white cheddar, and cilantro lime crema.