Franny’s

Frannys menuMy girl is mostly gluten free. I have to space out my trips to Franny’s accordingly, trying not to bring her to the dark side too often, but I’m a sucker for this stuff. A seat at the bar, some fussy drinks,  a plate or two of well executed appetizers before a nice pizza and a long walk home – gluten attacking Kim from inside as I daydream about ice-cream.

This ain’t your Daddy’s Flatbush pizza shop for sure.

I sometimes order a negroni (Beefeater gin, Campari, Punt e Mes) as part of an overall plan to acquire a taste for it. Man can’t live on Dirty Vodka Martinis alone. Enough chefs swear by the Negroni. I’m somewhere on the fence. It has a medicinal gin finish. I have no idea what I’m talking about.

I sometimes order a negroni as part of an overall plan to acquire a taste for it.”

Kim had the la tempesta (nonino amaro, fernet, mint, lemon, ginger beer). It was toothsome and tasty. We always have great drinks here – and dig eating at the bar, if you can get a seat.

They grill a piece of bread here like nobody’s business. Nicely olive oiled, it’s worth eating by itself. Great with fava beans and a soft boiled egg. Even better with burrata cheese and sea vegetables.

“These vegetables are bright and amazing,” Kim says. “I like it better than the fava beans.”
“That bread plus that yolk is pretty great, though.”
“Same as that bread we had with the beef tongue and pork cheek terrine last time.”
“Yeah, it wasn’t the sexiest looking dish, but it was super tasty.”

Frannys burata

burrata cheese and sea vegetables

Frannys Fava

fava beans and a soft boiled egg

Frannys Pork and Beef Tongue

beef tongue and pork cheek terrine

Frannys breadThe menu is full of engaging and savory appetizers from bruschette, crostini and fried mozzarella to lamb sausage and charcuterie. If you’re lucky they’ll have a cool special. You don’t expect a wonderful bone marrow dish at a pizzeria, but this isn’t just any pizzeria – which you realize once you look at the bill.

“Yeah,” Kim says. “That burrata with sea vegetables was delicious but a little pricey.”
“Pricey & Delicious is a good name for a restaurant.”

Their brick oven pizza is always hot and happy. Let me suggest a nice traditional pie with sausage or meatballs. If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps the zucchini and squash blossoms with basil, garlic, buffalo mozzarella and anchovies.

Frannys Pizza 3

zucchini and squash blossoms with basil, garlic, buffalo mozzarella and anchovies

Frannys Pizza 2
Franny’s speaks lovingly to humans whose early comfort foods were pizza and ice-cream. They elevate this, bring in other traditional plates, execute them all well, and charge accordingly.

This ain’t your Daddy’s Flatbush pizza shop for sure.

Frannys ice cream

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