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.
Franny's my....... wallet – I beleive all the good reviews for this pizza joint on this site came from the owner or the wait staff,come to this place where no one smiles and everyone looks at you like you're not worthy being there, rubbish attitude , worst service, overpriced food, and you still want to go there ?never again,
Fantastic! If you want to be treated like a child – The WORST service experience in my entire life! The staff was overbearing and hell-bent on making up rules for the sake of enforcing them. We went as a group and were seated at two adjoining tables. We were told we can not share our pizza with the next table because ?it would be too confusing for the chefs?. We were chastised for having a chair tilted slightly sideways, and then told that our tables could not talk to one another because they do not accommodate groups. To add insult to injury, they included the tip in the bill for ?group service!!? The pizza was average and overpriced. This abysmal place is not worth your time or money.
great pizza - but I leave the kid home – The pizza here is very good. The atmosphere is warm and laid-back. The wait staff recommends good wine. But, as mentioned below, this is not a kid-friendly place. Which is perfectly fine (although the restaurant should change the ?Kid Friendly? designation). Not every restaurant, even in Park Slope, has to be welcoming to families. Franny?s is a good adult restaurant. We need these too in Park Slope.
So why did I say this is not a kid-friendly place? One weekend afternoon we ate here in late winter. The instant our two-year-old raised his voice, someone (not our waiter) came over and suggested the child may be more comfortable on the outside patio. Oh, the temperature was about 40 degrees outside. It was like that scene in Leaving Las Vegas when Nicolas Cage breaks the hotel pool?s table and the manager comes over and says with a smile ?You take your liquor and loud talk into your room and stay there. Tomorrow morning, check out first thing. Have a nice day.? It was aggressive and the message was clear. But we didn?t cry about it. We didn?t hold a grudge. We just learned a lesson. Don?t bring the ninos. And we still go back for takeout or when we have a sitter.
Come on, it's good – Franny's is expensive. The park slope crowd is boring. The decor is a little sterile, but let's face it the pizza is good. the wine is good and the service is good. The appetizers on the other hand are excellent especially the artichoke. Yes,I always leave feeling like I spent a lot of money, because I always spend a lot of money, but I go back because at the end of the day it's fresh delicious food.
Easily some of the best pizza in New York – Look people, it's not a cheap place. Beer is about $6 and the pizza roughly $16 for a pizza that barely fills two people. Sometimes the place is so full of kids and those behemoth strollers it makes me wonder why I come back and question whether I ever want kids. But this is why you should be bowing down at the altar of Franny's.
* The freshest, localest farm sourced ingredients.
* The homemade fennel sausage pizza that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
* Seasonal pies, which mean the menu is never the same.
* A passion for making pies that comes through in the end product.
* The "Brooklyn" cocktail.
* Organic wines, beers, and Six Point Craft Ales on tap.
Just felt that I needed to defend Franny's after all the really negative comments. Franny's is some serious pizza -- I've even gone out to DiFara's in Midwood for comparison -- and I'm so glad that it's only one subway stop away.
$28 is way too much for pizza and beer... – Pizza is not available by the slice, so is expensive since you have to order the equivalent of 4-5 slices. The bartender-ess tried to influence my choice of pizza, saying the less expensive ones didn't have cheese, and didn't I want cheese on my pizza. By the time I ordered, I was up to a $14 pizza. I also ordered a draft of a local beer. I wanted the $4.50 size but she didn't ask and gave me the $7 (very small) pint. Net, net, the pizza crust was limp and not crunchy at all. And the $28 bill (incl tip and tax) was outrageous for one person. I feel "taken" by the bartender-ess so she could get a bigger tip. I will never go back.
Very expensive pizza – Although the pizza and drinks were good, this place is very expensive!!! There are tons of better pizza places in brooklyn at a fraction of the cost- you may not get the same ambiance, but its still a pizzeria. The waitstaff was rude and hurried us throughout the whole meal. I do not recommend. If you are willing to shell out $$$$ for pizza and want to be in a yuppie environment this is your place!!
So addicted my accountant put me on a Franny's budget – We've been regulars at Franny's since it opened, and love everything about it. The bartender knows the italian wine list inside and out, the hostess is darling: friendly and accommodating, with a great smile. The atmosphere is cozy and lively with great, funky music and fab. decorations. We love the savory crostinis and innovative salads on the menu--they're as good as the yummy pizzas. Our favorites are the cannelini bean or tuscan bean crostinis. We also love the seasonal fritos. Very tasty. The charred pizza crust is perfect, as are the fresh ingredients used to top the pizza. Somehow, we always find room for the decadent chocolate sorbet (delicious and homemade), panna cotta, and almond cake.
We laughed when we saw the posting from the woman who was at Franny's celebrating her sister's birthday with their children, we were there that night and we know the real story. First of all, their kids were not well behaved. THEY WERE AWFUL, and, unfortunately for the kids, the parents were egging on their loud, nasty behavior. Customers were complaining until the waitress finally had to go over and ask the parents to try and keep it down. The hostess and waitress were very patient with this loud, tacky, angry family and I wish people would understand that if they are going to bring their kids to dinner, they are responsible for making sure their kids don't ruin the dinners of everyone in the restaurant--not leave that responsibility to the restaurant staff. Franny's is kid friendly, but it is not, and should not be, friendly to parents who let their children treat the restaurant and other diners as if it were a Chuck-e-Cheese in Central Jersey.
In conclusion, Franny's is a wonderful, welcoming restaurant, and we look forward to eating there in the years to come!
Excellent Pizza, Nice Little Spot – Franny's is excellent, a wonderful addition to an otherwise barren stretch of Flatbush. The pizza is superb, with top-notch ingredients, perfectly balanced, thoughtfully executed. The dough is airy, and the sauce is tomato-y and crisp. Nice wine list with mostly (all?) Itallian varietals. The bartender was very nice, the waitresses friendly and helpful.
The pizza is its own thing. It's not trying to be DiFara's. It's not trying to be Totonno's, or Patsy's, or John's, or (thank God) Smiling. It's Franny's-style, and the results speak for themselves.
Look, Franny's isn't a slice joint. Don't bring your kids, and don't complain about the prices. I paid around $45 for a delicious pie, a few glasses of excellent wine, and a side of olives, and it was quite worth it. So you have to slice it yourself. BFD. I found the place neither pretentious nor precious.
If you've got kids, go to Chuck E. Cheese at the Atlantic Mall -- and leave me to savor Franny's, solo.
NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY - and the food is not worth the trip anyway! – I was told by the staff at Franny's in no uncertain terms that, although my children were well behaved while there, they were not the clientele this snooty pizzeria wanted to cater to. The staff was rude to us, despite the fact that my sister, whose birthday we were celebrating, is a regular there (not anymore!!). Although this restaurant describes itself on this site as "Kid Friendly" (see Amenities), it is anything but. We were dining at 5:00 on a Sunday, a time where it is reasonable for children to be at a pizzeria, no matter how upscale it is attempting to be! My children were appropriately behaved for their ages and NEVER left their seats or cried. Nonetheless, we were made to feel unwelcomed by the rude staff and hostess. In a neighborhood filled with young families, this restaurant has made clear that it is not interested in serving families with children.
Beyond that, the pizza is nothing to write home about, and I am a brick over pizza fan. For those reviewers who rave about the pizza, try Tontonos or John's! Maybe you wont get clams on your pizza, but the pizza will have some real taste! This place is too wrapped up in trying to be upscale, that the product suffers as a result. There was no substance to the pizza and it was WAY too expensive! Without appetizers or dessert, our bill was nearly $40.00 pp FOR PIZZA!!. It should be noted also that although the restaurant menu says that 20% gratuity is added for tables of 6 or more, we were told this restaurant will not seat more than six in any party. Just another sign of the rude, unwelcoming and snooty atmosphere at this subpar restaurant.
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