Best newfangled Italian - 2006
Frankies 457 Spuntino
It can't decide whether it wants to be a sandwich shop, wine bar, or sit-down restaurant—and manages to succeed admirably at all three. Frankies 457 Spuntino is the rare newfangled spot that actually feels like it belongs in its Carroll Gardens neighborhood, where religious shrines commemorate the origin of many immigrants in Apulia, Italy. Frankies concentrates on using Italian American products, such as sausages from Faicco's, to fabricate a supernal broccoli rabe and sausage sandwich.