Ferdinando’s Focacceria

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Ferdinando's Focacceria
Carroll Gardens

History covers the walls in the form of black-and-white photographs of Italy. Although it’s much more than a focacceria, the family-run Sicilian restaurant keeps that part of the name because it has been there from the beginning, 100 years ago. Francesco Buffa (Ferdinando was his father-in-law) takes a hands-on approach, canning the sardines that are used in the house specialty, pasta con sarde, and making both the fluffy panelli (deep-fried chickpea-flour pancakes) and piping-hot potato croquettes. The supple braciole—a tenderized veal roll stuffed with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley—will make you glad some things don’t change.

Venue name: Ferdinando’s Focacceria
Address: 151 Union St
Cross street: between Columbia and Hicks Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–7pm; Fri, Sat 11am–10pm
Transport: Subway: F, G to Carroll St
Price: Average main course: $15. Cash only
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