Pix From Casa Calamari, a Sicilian Focacceria in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn


You won’t find bigger–or better–calamari anywhere in town.

This week, Counter Culture sails in to Casa Calamari, one of Brooklyn’s best red-sauced Italian joints, which also represents the last gasp of a Sicilian restaurant type known as a focacceria. Read the full review to find out just what that entails, but in the meantime, enjoy these pictures of the excellent food.

The restaurant occupies a busy corner near the southern end of Bay Ridge’s long Restaurant Row.

Rigatoni with Italian sausage (four of them!) is one of the most satisfying pastas.

You can have your local Littlenecks or Cherrystones raw…

Or crumbed and roasted.

Next: More good stuff from Casa Calamari


The shrimp fra diavolo turns out to be every bit as spicy as you hoped.

The budge broccoli rabe hero is a great showcase for the vegetable.

A giant neon squid presides over all.

Musicians Annie Gosfield and Carl Stone enjoy a good laugh at the squid’s expense.