Frankie’s 457 Spuntino


In the decade since opening borough mainstay Frankies 457 Spuntino, the two Franks (Falcinelli and Castronovo) who run this place have gone on to launch three more restaurants and an olive oil company, and to venture out of their kitchens to host a travel show for Vice. All this from a single renovated Carroll Gardens smithy serving hefty sandwiches, straight-shooting pastas, and high-quality Italian small plates (like briny braised octopus with dandelion greens and Castelvetrano olive vinaigrette). Castronovo and Falcinelli oversaw the renovations themselves, using reclaimed materials before that was considered commonplace. Pioneers of the crostini fever that has spread throughout the city in recent years, the Franks keep things fresh with inspired topping combinations (think pillowy ricotta with speck and kale, mixed with harissa aioli). If Italian food speaks to simplicity and showcasing the best ingredients, Spuntino puts its best foot forward — even during dessert, when old-school favorites like tiramisu and red-wine-soaked prunes reign supreme. Locals flock to the idyllic courtyard when weather permits, their tables littered with carafes and bottles selected from the all-Italian wine list (many of which fetch a reasonable $40 or less). Spuntino stands tall as one of the most archetypal restaurants of “new Brooklyn.”

457 Court Street


Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight


Photo by Dominic Perri