Marco’s, the Southern Italian-styled restaurant from the team behind Franny’s, will open its doors on Monday September 23. The much-anticipated trattoria takes over the original Franny’s location (295 Flatbush Avenue), with an almost unrecognizable dining room and menu. Grub Street reports:
Executive chef Danny Amend, a seven-year Franny’s vet and Per Se alum, has banished the beloved pizza oven to make room for some swanky new equipment. So forget about clam pies and imagine spit-roasted pork loin with anchovy from the J&R rotisserie, lamb chops with vinegar peppers from the wood-fired grill, and scallops seared on the plancha. (Amend is especially jazzed about the Zojirushi rice cooker, which he’ll also use for farro and other grains.) Marco’s menu is classically organized into antipasti, primi, secondi, and contorni sections, allowing for multiregional morsels like gnocchi fritti; rigatoni alla Norma; Venetian-style black squid; and, say, Italian rice with eel and saffron to come together on one table.
A peek inside reveals a mixture of New Brooklyn posh and rustic warmth, with its marble bar, mahogany details, green wooden floor, and– one of the few holdovers from its previous incarnation– the exposed brick wall. Another holdover? Marco’s won’t take reservations for parties under six.
Can’t wait to check it out!
Marco’s, 295 Flatbush Avenue. Open 5:30-11 pm Monday through Thursday, 5:30-11:30pm Friday, noon-11:30pm Saturday, and noon-11pm Sunday.