Frankies 457 Spuntino
Headed up by two chefs named Frank (Falcinelli and Castronovo), Frankies 457 Spuntino in Carroll Gardens is a modern take on the old-school neighborhood Italian joint. Dishes are served family-style in a homey setting, and the outdoor garden area of the restaurant sets the tone for the menu: handmade pastas are Frankies' speciality, but instead of traditional heavy sauces and creams, the dishes are verdant, light, and delicate.
Opened in Brooklyn in 2004, the restaurant’s proprietors are the chef duo Frank Facinelli and Frank Castronovo, aka “The Franks,” who helped popularize the old-school aesthetic of tin ceilings, Edison bulbs, exposed brick, and all things we now associate with “classic Brooklyn.” The cozy interior feels like dining inside your grandma’s apartment, and is known for a variety of dishes including the Meatballs, Cavatelli with Faicco’s Hot Sausage and Sage Brown Butter; and the Fennel and Celery Root Salad. This is the flagship restaurant of what would become a Franks mini empire that now includes Frank’s Wine Bar and F&F Pizzeria right next door.