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Posted by Prospect Heights Gourmet on 09/29/2013
Whenever I see a profusion of negative reviews, I like to understand why. And I must admit, I'm stumped here. I loved the old Franny's and the new is an improved delight. The big open space includes the kitchen and the shelves of bundled wood that separate the traditional bar and the front dining room aren't just for decoration, they fire the ovens where magic is made. Yes, prices tend upward here, but so does the fare. Take the Linguini with Meyer Lemon. Here is the essence of simplicity; fine pasta properly prepared, a perfect balance between Meyer lemon, butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Then there's the Spring onion frittata. Garnished with mint and Italian parsley. Again, fundamental flavors brought to a tangy spin in a simple recipe. Crisp and tender at the same time, moist and full. Of course, one cannot talk of Franny's without thinking of their take on thin crust pizza. Here's another fun food that gets wrapped up in essentials. Pure and fresh ingredients, complementary contrasts, supplementary essences - the core of the Franny's experience is the realization that Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens have unlocked the most basic principle of a great preparation: uncomplicated and uncompromised cuisine. My partner and I visit from time to time to be inspired and we usually are. We even bought the cook book - a tome that any serious individual seeking to open a wining restaurant might want to read. But if all you want to do id make these wonderful dishes at home, that works too.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2013
I'd looked forward to going to the new Franny's, but were we disappointed! Tiny, expensive portions (the $15 shrimp appetizer had three shrimp), really snotty and condescending service ("we only take whole meal orders," after we wanted to start with appetizers and then decide), noisy, and the pizza wasn't even that good. The crust was too large and doughy, the pizza small and again, overpriced.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2013
We were excited to try out the new & improved Franny's. Unfortunately even the delicious saffron shrimp, crispy pizzas & lovely green salads could not overcome some of the rudest service I have ever encountered. The unwelcoming, disinterested - even hostile - attitude of the staff ruined what would have otherwise been a very nice dinner. Won't be back unless we hear that's significantly changed. Hope the owner is quickly made aware.
Posted by Jo on 10/21/2012
We had such high hopes. While flavors on the appetizers are savory and well-balanced, portions are minuscule and prices feel more like those of a much higher end restaurant. A mushroom appetizer special with one fried egg and some parmasean cheese appetizer was $17. The entire dish was smaller than any side dish I've ever seen. But pizza is the thing here, so let me get to that. Again, they have lovely wood charred flavor/aroma and offer just the right amount of toppings, but were a bit on the chewy side and in the case of a basic cheese and tomatoe pie, way too salty. Service was efficient, but not very warm. So many better pizza options abound in Brooklyn.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2012
Great pizza and wine with apps that are made with market driven fine ingredients. It's expensive but you get what you pay for.
Posted by bad on 02/13/2012
The service was great. And that was the only good thing about the place. A total rip off, not filling at all. Everything is super salty. While the place is beautiful, there is not much more than that. I don't mind paying 200-300 $ for dinner if it's worth it. If it is the food that melts in your mouth and makes you happy. This one doesn't. So...
Posted by anonymous on 02/21/2011
the crust is so-so, the toppings incredibly sparse and the price tag criminally high for flatbush ave. it's a novelty, that's all. better pizza elsewhere.