Frankies Spuntino 457

Italian Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Wine Bar$$$$
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
207 Tips and reviews
  • good for dates
  • pasta
  • ravioli
  • romantic
  • gardens
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  • Emily W.
    A perfect spot for a date. When the weather is warm, there is a lovely garden that you can eat in out back. Don't know which wine to order? Try a carafe of the house red.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoMarch 2, 2015
    Homemade cavatelli is the freshest around and the BLT is genuine goodness. Doesn't knock you off your socks but the warm ambiance and the quality in ingredients and service should send you right back.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2012
    The cavatelli pasta alone is worth the trip to Carroll Gardens, but, then, so is the rest of the food & scene here, which is quintessentially Aging Hipster in the best possible way. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinAugust 13, 2015
    One of the best Italian restaurants I've ever been to. Fresh and delicious- all ingredients made in house. Try the cavatelli with sausage and pappardelle with braised rabbit!
    Upvoted Jul 27
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley CaseySeptember 28, 2015
    Beautiful outdoor space in the back and awesome food. Gnocchi was delicious. Great wine selection by the bottle or glass. $5 olives that were assorted red and green!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyNovember 14, 2010
    Order this exactly: Carafe of the house red wine is good - and cheap! Robiola and Taleggio cheese as an appetizer. Cavatelli with sausage and sage butter for an entree. mmmmmmmm
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyNovember 1, 2013
    Been wanting to try this for years. Finally went tonight. Cured meat and cheese platter is a must. Drinks also excellent. Dinner not so much..go for apps and drinks.Way better places for pasta. 6.8/10
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingAugust 6, 2014
    A neighborhood treasure - Get a few salads and a couple of mains. The cavatelli pasta is the best dish on the menu. Also if the weather is good, try and sit in the awesome back garden.
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertJuly 30, 2011
    Don't miss the cavatelli dish. Pair it with the octopus or fennel and parsley salad and you have yourself an awesome dinner. If you find yourself here for brunch, go with the BLT or go splitty splitty
  • Amnon B.
    Amnon BNovember 30, 2013
    I had the black Ink pasta with sea food lightly spicy and absolutely delicious .my group of nine all truly enjoy themselves and swore to come back very soon .
  • Sanjyot
    SanjyotOctober 3, 2013
    Perfect for date nights. Sweet potato ravioli is out of this universe. The buttery-sage sauce is innovation! Drinks are on the money! Long waits-worth it. Wine is delish! Spaghetti meatballs are wowza
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelMarch 12, 2015
    Just about everything is excellent here--the only problem is that it's so hard to get in. Lovely backyard as well, unfortunately it's just about always booked up for special events.
  • marta M.
    marta MorrisonDecember 22, 2014
    The sausage, pepper, onion on polenta is fantastic! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sophisticated looking, but simple tasting meal. Really good!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The cavatelli with brown sage butter and sausage, keeps us coming back. It's peppered with thick chunks of spicy sausage from famed Faicco's Pork Store. Read more
  • Hanna 
    Hanna April 12, 2011
    Dinner was awesome - the house-made Linguine with breadcrumbs + the creme brulee dessert especially. Super nice garden in the back for nice days, and wasn't too crowded when we got there early on a
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.October 3, 2015
    cremini mushroom/truffle oil and ricotta/speck crostinis, escargot salad, and meatballs are the best. I'm sure everything is good though. oh and the mezcal - order it 🙏🏻
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Pumpkin ravioli with sage butter sauce and cavatelli pasta are delicious! But the standout was the dessert.... plum something with a marscapone topping. It was like eating Christmas on a spoon.
  • Evie
    EvieNovember 26, 2013
    If you're going to get crostini, go for the mushroom and truffle oil. The cavatelli is amazing, as are the meatballs. Beet and avocado salad is amazingly fresh as well.
  • Kayla K.
    Kayla KellerDecember 6, 2012
    My favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. Cavatelli pasta is a must. All others are good too! Fennel salad. Beets. Creme brûlée. Sit in the back if it is nice out!
  • Michael J.
    Michael JosephFebruary 8, 2014
    Food was really good never tasted pasta so fresh and I recommend the seating in the second part of the restaurant out back very romantic definitely will be back to this spot
  • Holiday
    HolidayMarch 6
    Pleased as punch over my dinner. Had meatballs, sweet potato ravioli and a side of sunchokes. Even a glass of the house red was tops. I'm looking forward to trying everything on the menu.
  • Alexis K.
    Alexis KastrenakesDecember 16, 2013
    I rarely eat meat, but the cavatelli with sausage was out of this world. Four weeks after my visit, I'm still dreaming of that pasta. Great restaurant, vibe, and service.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    The cavatelli pasta alone is worth the trip, but, then, so is the rest of the food and scene here, which is quintessentially Aging Hipster in the best possible way. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • k l.
    k lNovember 29, 2009
    hands down my favorite italian in the city, but not the place to go for massive bowls of pasta. the spicy sausage and cavatelli will change your life. try to eat outside if you can. Read more
    CITY GRITAugust 9, 2014
    The three or four-course prix-fixe –served family style - is a great deal! Also the BLT – served at Lunch only – is a sure fire hangover cure!
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeMarch 27, 2011
    Fresh pasta and soups are my favorite thing at Frankies. I trust their daily specials because they're always made using the best of what's available in the greenmarket.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    What hasn't changed in a decade-plus is the small but well-conceived menu of shareable salads, handmade pastas, and crusty sandwiches that ask to be split and shared. Read more
  • Keith S.
    Keith SeekwhenceOctober 26, 2009
    Have the French Toast if you've been good or the Granola if not, but the freshly squeezed OJ is a must. And try to get the big window in the rear. Be nice to Bobbi!
  • Stan B.
    Stan BashmashnikovNovember 14, 2014
    Truly a hidden Italian gem in Carroll Gardens. Try the Octopus Salad to start. Duck Lasagna for main. Tiramisu to close out a fantastic meal.
  • Maria V.
    Food, sp. meatballs were amazing! I went for a wedding celebration. The staff made sure we always had a drink in hand! Great experience :)
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.May 2, 2015
    Consistently delicious Italian in the heart of Carroll Gardens. Brooklyn vibe, cavatelli, meatballs, good wine, garden - can't go wrong.
  • Evan
    EvanAugust 28, 2013
    Order a glorious and generous combination of cheese, charcuterie, and vegetable antipasti and you have yourself a feast. A timeless Carroll Gardens hit, this place.
  • Alia O.
    Best meatballs, yummy gnocchi and overall delicious classic Italian fare. Also, the cutest #adultbrooklyn vibes are here, for the record.
  • Aerie
    AerieMarch 9, 2012
    Amazing food. Local, seasonal menu that changes often enough to keep neighbors coming back. Don't miss the meatball parmigiana sandwich on Grandaisy Rosemary Bread.
  • Emily L.
    Emily L.March 19
    A meal at Frankie's can never go wrong. Apps: octopus, avocado and beets, and two crostini. Entree: Cavatelli for the win.
  • Salvatore R.
    Salvatore RandazzoJuly 14, 2012
    So good!!!! The backyard is the place to sit!!! Get the endive salad!!!! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Robyn
    RobynOctober 12, 2013
    Consistently a lovely dining experience. Skip the peppardelle with lamb and go for the cavatelli. The sandwiches are really nice too! Good service.
  • Sanjyot
    SanjyotJanuary 5, 2014
    Get the St. Laurent cocktail. Sweet potato and sage ravioli is light and floats in a parm broth that's HEA-VENNN!!!! Great date place.
  • Esther S.
    Esther ShamieJanuary 28, 2014
    Solid spot! Great drinks. Brussel sprout salad was delicious as was the gnocchi. Loved the vibe of the place too! Definitely returning
  • Elevine B.
    Elevine BergeSeptember 4, 2014
    The garden is magical! Paired with the octopus salad and any homemade pasta - perfetto!
  • Dens
    DensJune 10, 2015
    I would gladly take a bubble bath in their sage butter cavatelli. One of my favorite dishes in all of NYC.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Steven G.
    Steven GarciaSeptember 11, 2012
    Try the sweet potato + sage ravioli, and if it's back on the winter menu, the braised lamb pappardelle is the perfect cold weather comfort food.
  • Rachel S.
    A bit expensive, but the sweet potato and sage ravioli is soooo good! And their cocktails are delicious.
  • Karl S.
    brown butter pasta but grab the eggplant parm or lasagna on special
  • Niki Katherine H.
    My favorite thing about this place was the $13 carafe of house red wine. Unbeatable deal.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesOctober 3, 2010
    Up for experimenting w/ a lesser-known variety? Opt for Foradori's 2007 Terolodego (Rotaliano DOC). The teroldego grape delivers full-bodied reds, w/ dark purple color, and soft tannins.
  • Chieko B.
    Chieko BonnaMay 29, 2010
    French toast is delicious, also crostinis are all excellent! Octopus salad was good but a bit too much olive oil in it.
  • Byron B.
    Byron BrewerJanuary 17, 2010
    For brunch... grab a frittata or french toast and add an order of bacon. Stumptown coffee is a nice compliment as well.
  • Amelie L.
    Amelie LelargeFebruary 18, 2015
    I got the sweet potatoes ravioli which sweet and tasty. Lot of tapas options to share too.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieNovember 19, 2010
    Cavatelli w/ sausage is delish. That pasta kind of looks like large mealworms, no? Oh well. So good. Great for groups.
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