Frankies Spuntino is a New York restaurant group founded by chefs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli. Known collectively as The Franks, the two grew up together in Queens, spending Sundays in the homes of their Italian grandmothers. Though they lost touch after their adolescence, the Franks both happened to choose a life in the kitchen and learned their craft in some of the great restaurants of Europe. Decades later, they reconnected by chance and decided that they wanted to go into business together. The idea: using their experience to express the cooking of their childhood in a manner that felt both new and timeless.
In September 2004, they opened Frankies 457 Spuntino on an historic, tree-lined stretch of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn — once a major Italian-American enclave — serving food that was both accessible and expertly prepared in a warm, energetic environment. Frankies 457 quickly established itself as a neighborhood institution worthy of a journey, and was among the vanguard of restaurants that ushered in a more creative and democratic era for New York City dining.
In addition to Frankies 457, the Franks operate Frankies 570 Spuntino in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, as well as a Carroll Gardens wine bar, Franks Wine Bar, which offers one of the city’s most varied bottle and by-the-glass lists. The Franks are proud of their ties to some of the world’s greatest chefs and, since 2017, they have hosted a yearly summer dinner event with Resy, The Franks Backyard Series, which has featured the likes of David Chang, Jessica Koslow, and Sean Brock.
Their line of olive oils and culinary products sources from one of Sicily’s most prized farms and is available at Whole Foods, Amazon and other retailers across the United States. Together with acclaimed writer Peter Meehan, they are the authors of the Frankies Spuntino Cookbook and Kitchen Manual. Their recently launched newsletter, The Franks Almanac, is updated periodically and accessible online here.