Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Frankies 457 Court Street Spuntino
457 Court Street
Spuntino [NOUN] - An informal meal or a snack; also, a casual Italian eatery
Frankies 457 has been a regular stop on Blognut’s dinner circuit for quite some time. This former-speakeasy turned quaint Italian trattoria is nestled deep in the heart of Carroll Gardens and definitely lives up to the recent hype it’s received from the NYC-foodie crowd. Co-owned by 2 Frankies, Frankie Castronovo and Frankie Falcinelli, Frankies 457 quickly became a neighborhood favorite and serves up some of the best Italian food in the area. If you don’t mind waiting for a table, the simple and comforting recipes made with high-quality ingredients make for a warm and delicious dining experience.
After having eaten numerous Super-Good dinners at Frankies, Blognut decides to finally try their brunch.
Saturday morning, 11:30: We arrive at Frankies and join the slew of groggy Brooklynites already enjoying their morning Spuntinos. Surprisingly, we are seated right away.
Blognut orders the French toast with Canadian maple syrup and the prosciutto and pecorino sandwich. The toast was incredible – sliced extremely thick, and battered with cinnamon excellence, it was some of the best we’ve ever had (looking back, this was probably due to the fact that it sort of tasted like a cinnamon/sugar doughnut...mmm). The sandwich was a hit as well – we loved it. Thinly sliced prosciutto and a perfectly dry pecorino on flatbread provided by the Sullivan St. Bakery.
Frankie’s sandwich menu is definitely one of their strong points. Simple combinations such as sopressata and provolo, Faicco's sausage & broccoli rabe, and mozzarella, tomato and arugala, are perfect for savory-seeking brunchers. Other menu highlights include an extensive selection of crostinis, cured meats, and formaggio. For dinner, Blognut would highly recommend the home-made cavatelli with Faicco's hot sausage and browned sage butter.
Food Score: 9.8