Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Franny's
295 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.678894 -73.973636
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
Everyone (but me) seems to love this mom-friendly Park Slope pizza, whose owners have come to personify the enlightened, all-natural cooking of the "New Brooklyn Cooking." The pizza is nothing special, but many of the other dishes are. I guess.
Good, but not worth it. – I mean, it's good, but it is basic thin crust pizza. Skimped on the garlic. Just so you know,Flor Di Capra translates as bland cheese on toast. The grain/asparagus salad was good but like everything else, including the 16$ pasta and the one wood roasted octopus leg, there wasn't enough of it. It's good, but certainly not great and at these prices there are restaurants that deliver much better.
Pizza = Overpriced Nan...nice staff though. – I came here in desperate need of good pie in brooklyn. The service was great..really friendly waitresses and hostess. The pizzas come in one size...personal pizzas (about 4 slices). I guess they are a decent price as they reflect the comfortable ambiance....around $12 or $13. Unfortunately, the quality or "style" isn't up to par with NYC. The minimalist approach doesn't work here. In a nutshell, if you order pizza here, you are getting glorified Nan from an Indian restaurant. Of course, the pizza is all I've sampled but i left hungry. I think i immediately filled the void at home with Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Buuut, if someone I trusted recommended alternative menu items at Franny's as truly good, I would return.
3rd time is not a charm – The first time my wife and I went to Franny's we had a great experience. The wine was great, appetizers devine, and the pizza was perfect and exactly what we were in the mood for. We had heard great things about the place and completely agreed with all of them when we left.
When we went back months later, something seemed off. The waitstaff was non-existent, hurried, and if you had questions about some items on the menu, seem put out that you actually dared waste their time. The pizza was more charred than in our prior meal and the entire night was a noted dissapointment.
Skip ahead a few more months and we decide to give Franny's another chance. This time, our conclusion is that it's just not worth it. The appetizers were bland. The wine now overpriced for what you're getting and the pizza has now gone from being the prize of the meal to a complete disappointment. Authentic Italian doesn't mean burnt to a crisp where charred crust is the flavor that dominates.
We appreciate Franny's for what it is, a unique brick oven pizza dining experience but it's not something worth going back for any more.
overrated pizza – I was there with my husband this evening because of all the rave reviews we read and the recommendations by a couple of friends. We started with the octopus with olive and chick peas. The presentation was nice so it seemed promising - there were 6 2" pieces of octopus which were placed over a chickpea puree with black tapenade spread over each piece and bits of parsley for garnish. The taste was good but too much tapenade made it very salty. We ordered the brick oven pizza since that's what everyone recommended. I had the pizza with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella & basil while my husband had the pizza with tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and sausage. When the pizza arrived, I was a bit disappointed as the cheese did not look like fresh buffalo mozzarella as promised - it should have been white but was yellow (not unlike the cheese on a regular New York slice). The bread was thin & crispy but the sauce was a bit salty (mind you I am a salt lover). I ate my first slice and it was okay, nothing to be excited about but decent. My husband's pizza was nearly identical to mine. He thought it was good. However, by the time we were a third of the way done with our meal, the pizza had cooled down and was not so good anymore. This was the true test. Great pizza should be great hot or cold. The bread that was once crispy & light now had the consistency of wet cardboard and the cheese was congealed. Aesthetically it was a cute restaurant with a great vibe, a good neighborhood joint to meet up with friends, but if you love brick oven pizza with a thin crust, try L'Asso in Manhattan. The crust is thin but not cracker thin. It's not soggy and even though it's thin and light, it's still bready and satisfying. My favorite pizza there is the Pizza Bufalina: tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, uncooked buffalo mozzarella, oregano, basil & extra virgin olive oil. The sauce is light & fresh and extremely tasty. Most importantly, it tastes great whether it's hot or cold.
that's some pizza – i had dinner at franny's a few days ago .. the food was nice not only well executed but the selection of dished on the menu was quite judiscious.and well tied toegether ......if you are serious about sopressatta ..do not do it yourself ..leave it to the artisan that has spent his life doing it ...he knows better.and you should know
the pizza crust is the nicest i've had in ny ....but the pizza wasn't properly seasonned and the topping including the buffalo mozzarella were tasteless. it is a shame to garnish so poorly a crust of that quality , the rock star that cooked my pizza was obviously not the one that developped the recipe .i have one word to the consultant that is behind franny's .congratulation !!
Slow. "Rustic?" (maybe that is why the service is so slow?) – Seated fast on a Sunday at early lunch. Many open tables. Quickly got nice appetizers (octopus was very tasty). Got a beer (not too cold, but hey, it's brick oven pizza, so how long could it take?) Waited 45 minutes for smallish pizza. Asked for it to be sliced. Was told -- "We don't slice it. It is rustic Italian style". Because the people who built the Colosseum haven't figured out the pizza slicer yet? Pizza was ok, but certainly not worth the wait. Probably not going back. Beer was warm by now, and I didn't want another. Too pricey, too slow, too hard to get hold of a server (of which there were many, but mostly bustle, and not much service).
Highly overrated – I continue to be stunned by the positive press and rabid fandom of this place. It's pizza, and not very good pizza. I've been twice, and have left hungry both times. Non-pizza menu items (none in entree size when I ate there, though I've heard that's changed) sound amazing but are usually just a pile of ingredients. I admire their ethos, but the food is just not very good. And if I had a nickel for every time the waiters described some food item as 'beautiful', well, I'd have close to a dollar.
Amazing service and fresh, summer food! – I haven't been to franny's since the colder months, and WOW, what an amazing selection of summer vegetables are on the menu now! The heirloom tomato salad blew me away, and the eggplant crostini was crazy good. They now have pastas on the menu! My bucatini alla carbonara was unbelievable, some of the best pastas I've ever had. They also have a really fun wine list, which the always knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff is eager to talk about. We had a really delicious lambrusco that was biodynamic. I think this place is great and one of the few restaurants around who really is in tune with seasonality.
Stop the hate – If you 'want it your way' go to Burger King. Franny's is not your normal pizza place. As a matter of fact its not a pizza place. It is the best restaurant in Brooklyn. If you want a pepperoni pizza with onion and meatball, as i often do, don't go to frannys, becuase that's just not what they do. It's true that most of the pizzas on the menu can not be altered, but thats just the point. Chef has created complete dishes that really can't be improved. It is the best crust you'll ever encounter, and the pizza's are always balanced and insanely consistent. The pizza is amazing, but the rest of the menu is just as good. The wine list is always exceptional and constantly evolving. Yes its not 'cheap', but its worth every cent. (the prices are on the menu, if you don't want to spend the money, then just don't'
Just a quick note, I don't work at franny's nor do any of my friends. I do work with wine and grew up in the pizza business. This place is totally worth the hype. Or, better yet, don't believe it, it will be easier to get a table.
way expensive for what you get – i went for a friend's birthday and we had to wait forever for a table. decided to ask for bread to snack on at the bar and were charged for the mediocre few slices. i'm glad they use organic and local ingredients but the pizza was just not that good. ingredients can only take you so far if you don't use em right!!!! and it was sooo expensive. they can claim it's because it's organic, but i know how much wholesale organic flour costs, and it is PENNIES. can't say i'll return.
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