I recently spent a couple of my meals in Carroll Gardens researching the best cheap meals in the neighborhood. I made sure to stop by Frankies Spuntino 457 to have some simple Italian goodness. With fresh bread from Grandaisy and meats from the great Faicco's Pork Store in the West Village, I spied the sausage and broccoli rabe sandwich for a tasty lunch. For $12, it was an absolutely fabulous lunch.
I was always under the impression that Frankies was in the $$$ range, but when I looked up their menu, I was pleasantly surprised to see entrees under $20, and sandwiches $12 and under. Sure, a dinner there could add up, but if one was looking for a nice spot for lunch where they just want a sandwich and maybe dessert, it's definitely in the $-$$ range. The sausage sandwich was full of fennel and evenly spiced, with all the excess oil being soaked up by the rosemary bread. Their light on the broccoli rabe and it added a nice bittersweet taste to the sandwich. Of course, the vegetable makes it feel a little bit healthier. I also spied big bowls of soup on a neighboring table, and hope to stop by again soon for some late fall soup goodness.
Frankies Spuntino 457
457 Court Street