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Jon1856 Apr 15, 2009 06:21 PM

Seems to be close to opening up.
From their web site (sign up and get a free pizza)
Opening Soon!

"Welcome to Frankie & Fanucci’s, a neighborhood pizzeria. Here, we make a simple,
Neapolitan style pizza cooked in an 800° wood-fired oven.

To us, there’s nothing better than sharing a nice pizza with a few friends and family.
(Maybe a little espresso or a glass of vino too.) Please come by and join us.

We hope to see you soon.

Check back soon for the menu and more info"
http://www.fandfpizza.com/

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    Jon1856 May 3, 2009 06:46 AM

    Per another CH'er, location is now open.
    Will check myself later.

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      Jon1856 May 3, 2009 12:03 PM

      Took a little spin afer my mid-day work out and confirmed that they did a very cold opening last night. Just how cold? Still have the "Opening Soon" banner up in front.
      As the manager who I spoke to said they did not wish to be overwhelmed to soon in order to keep the level of quality that they are looking to serve.
      As it was, there were at least 3-4 parties sitting at tables and the area around oven was filled. Including one gent who had dinner there last night.
      While I was en-route to a party and not able to have a taste, the people I spoke to said food as very good.
      PLEASE NOTE: NO Slices. 10in "Personal $9.25 and 16in "Large" $14.95
      Neapolitan style, thin crust.
      Also have several salads, Paninis
      And for those who need to have a sliders fix, they even have a meatball slider.

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      randomdude May 5, 2009 09:08 AM

      I am going to have to try it if it is wood fired. Write a review soon.

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        randomdude May 6, 2009 08:01 AM

        Well I went to Frankie and Funucci's yesterday for lunch. The restaurant was a decent size and the decor was nice, but not flashy. the servers were all very nice and helpful. Their menu was not very large, but that is okay with because places with small menus usually do their food well. They serve a handul of appetizers for $5-10, pizza $9-15, salads and paninis. Being my first visit I tried a plain personal pizza, the true test of a good pizza place. The pizza came out looking delicious. The crust was golden brown, the sauce was nice and red and the cheese looked very fresh. F & F prides themselves on using quality ingredients and they definitely looked the part. The pizza was cooked well with the cheese just starting to brown the crust just starting to blacken in places. Its good to get a pizza that does not look like it was just cooked long enough. The pizza tasted very good but the sauce could have used a little more basil. I am not a fan of overly sweet sauces for pizza, but this was not the case. Being a fan of wood fired pizza I thought it was excellent. The only problems with the place is one, they do not do slices, and two, it is expensive, for pizza anyways. If you looking for pizza as a nice sit down meal, this is a good place.

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          hard2pleez Jun 7, 2009 06:58 PM

          I had dinner at Frankie & Fanucci's and I was disappointed. I like "thin pizza", but they have taken it to the extreme. The crust is very thin, the cheese is thin and the sauce is barely there at all. My wife thought it was literally "tasteless". I would not go quite that far, but for a pizza focused restaurant, I don't see how they will have people returning on a regular basis to eat that pizza for dinner. I would feel differently if they had a full menu and this was an appetizer choice, but they only serve pizza, salads and pannini. As an entree it is not satisfying. While the perimeter of the crust was well done, almost burnt (I like that), the bottom of the pie was not dark at all (I suspect if it were baked longer, it would turn into a cracker). One problem with the pie is that it is so thin, that it gets cold very fast, even when you are eating it in the restaurant. We also had a caesar salad ($7.50), which was okay (nice romaine, a little light on the dressing, nice parmasean shavings, a little light on the crutons). The staff is very young and inexperienced, but then again, its a new place. I think you should try it for yourself, but I was not pleased.

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            JohnAM Jun 9, 2009 03:44 PM

            We were there for lunch today. We ordered two personal size pizzas, one Margarita and the other with sausage and onions. I gave the waiter my coupon for the free pizza and he said it was only good Sunday through Thursday. We looked at each other and I informed him that today was Tuesday. There were only 8 people in the restaurant and it took a while for the pizzas. They weren't ready at the same time so the Margarita pizza was cold. The ingredients were as I expected, light and tasty. The crust was exactly what thin crust is supposed to be, well done and slightly charred around the edge. We would give the pizza an "A". For an empty restaurant we found it noisy. The open doors brought in street noise, peoples conversations bounced off the walls and the music was much too loud. I would rather do take out but the pizza will never taste the same.

        2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 6, 2009 12:42 PM

          I signed up for a free pie, but I haven't received the coupon yet!

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            Jon1856 May 6, 2009 03:26 PM

            Niether have I. But IIRC it may be keyed to birthday????
            And if not, give them some breathing room during opening ;>D
            Edit: from their web site:
            Free Pizza Promotion
            The pre-opening promotion for a free pizza is now over. As of May 1st - We’re Open! E-vouchers will be going out over the next few weeks in the order we received them. Keep an eye out for it. See you soon!

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              kaaaassss May 6, 2009 04:32 PM

              thanks for the info on the free pizza coupons. i was wondering what happed to them myself. i signed up on their website for the free pizza coupon.

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                i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 6, 2009 07:07 PM

                haha, can't help getting excited at the prospect of a free pizza!

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                  intrepid May 7, 2009 04:30 AM

                  ate there recenty, food is just ok, pizza was just fair, sort of tasteless design is nice, waiter was a bit strange, i will try again in a few weeks, if you like the pizza at zero otto nove, or tarry lodge, or alla antica, or many places in nyc, lower your expectations, this pizza is inferior to those places- thanks

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                    randomdude May 7, 2009 06:55 AM

                    I have to disagree with most of your post. You should not compare pizza in westchester with pizza in NYC, but I find that F & F is more authentic than most places in Westchester. I do agree that the sauce needed a little more flavor, but I find that a lot of places try to over do their flavors. the tri-part flavor of cheese, crust and sauce should work harmoniuosly, not battle for position. Any way, I loved their crust, which is most of the complaints that I have about pizza around here.

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                      jwg May 7, 2009 08:05 AM

                      but random, intrepid was not comparing it to pizza in Manhattan, zero otto nove is the bronx/arthur ave, tarry lodge is Westchester, and all antica is Scarsdale. There are the ones that you should compare a new pizza restaurant too. That said, I am looking forward to my certificate, and certainly going to give this place a chance!

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                        demifast May 7, 2009 01:04 PM

                        And I wonder why we should not compare pizza here to Manhattan? Have we all thrown in our towels and no longer expect top quality food here? I just don't understand why the food is so inferior in this county.

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                          Jon1856 May 7, 2009 01:15 PM

                          IMVHO demifast-generally the food in tis county is no so inferior and if I am loooking for a burger, pizza et al, I for one am not about to go down to Blecker Street for it.
                          And for a dinner out, I have found several nice places (some I have posted, other not) that my GF and I enjoy far more than going down to the City just for a dinner.

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                            demifast May 7, 2009 02:35 PM

                            Well John1856 - I am often hard-pressed to find high quality, nice vibe, casual, well-priced neighborhood spots for a spur of the moment dinner. My husband and I will look at each other and nothing local seems very appealing. Not so in my son's neighborhood in Brooklyn - there are tons to pick from. When I grow up I'm moving back to Brooklyn.

                            From what the posts say so far, F&F's sounds like more of the same. And there is a pizza place right across the street already. Nothing like some variety.

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                              Jon1856 May 7, 2009 05:31 PM

                              Since any answer I would give, here, would be way off topic I quess we just have to agree to disagree on our thoughts and tastes in local neighborhood dinning spots.
                              As I posted, I have no wish to go down to Blecker or to Brooklyn just for a spur of the moment dinner when there are plenty of places here in Westchester that fit the bill for my GF and I.
                              And we even go into places we know nothing about just to try them out. And many times, we enjoy them even more as we had preconceved thoughts about them.
                              And as for F&F, everyone has there own taste. IMVHO, it is very hard to judge someplace just on what someone unknown to you says about it.
                              And yes there is a place just across the street-not the first tme that has happened.
                              In fact, there must now be at least 10-15 places like it within 3 miles of it.
                              And at least 4 within 1/2 mile or so.

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                                intrepid May 7, 2009 07:52 PM

                                in some ways jon1856 agree with you , and in others i dont.. example we much prefer to eat local, always try new places, drive by's etc, having said that, mediocre food, is mediocre food, no matter the distance, or proximity. and i am saying the pizza at f& f is mediocre, plain and simple, i will give it another shot, hopefully it will improve, time will tell, you go and judge for yourself,Lias pizza was much much better

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                        intrepid May 7, 2009 02:14 PM

                        hi, here it is plain and simple without comparisons which seem to be throwing some folks off thier center,lolol, the PIZZA IS MEDIOCRE, plain and simple, very little taste or character to it!!! I will go back to give them one more try, but first impression is poor..thanks

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                          intrepid May 7, 2009 02:17 PM

                          the pizza at the old lias was MUCH MUCH better than this

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                kverplanck May 8, 2009 10:51 AM

                Ate here recently -

                Pizza was very thin crust and tasty. Also had the antipasto, which was overpriced and a tad disappointing. The atmosphere was a little strange with these god-awful flourescent lights beaming in your eyes. Waitstaff needs some work for sure.

                The owner came by our table and was very open to feedback, which we gave him. I think they have some work to do, but it certainly has potential.

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                  fweiler May 9, 2009 10:42 AM

                  Tried this pizza today at lunch. The decor is white-tiled bathroom accented with garish fluroscent lights, which would be tolerable if the pizza was worth it. I give these guys some credit for trying, but there's some major improvement needed. The cheese was obviously fresh and the crust nicely done, the tomato sauce was utterly flavorless. All'Antica in Scarsdale is much better in that respect, though the crust here is thicker (in a good way) than All'Antica.

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                    Jon1856 May 9, 2009 10:59 AM

                    As management seems to willing to take suggestions, I do hope you spoke with them while there.

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                      fweiler May 9, 2009 12:45 PM

                      Did not get the chance to, though wished I did. I did leave them a huge tip to escape a table of obnoxious customers, though!

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                        Jon1856 May 9, 2009 01:29 PM

                        OK, I think I understand-you could always send them an e-mail by way of their web site

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                      JohnAM May 9, 2009 11:27 AM

                      Everyone has a different idea of what good pizza should look and taste like. For me, if the crust is thin and well done and the ingredients are "real mozzarella" and good quality "plain tomatoes" topped with some fresh garlic, basil and good quality grated cheese. The simpler the better. Here is a short history and how a simple pizza is made.
                      http://www.cliffordawright.com/caw/re...

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                        fweiler May 9, 2009 12:43 PM

                        JohnAM, I do agree with you on the essentials of a good pizza and for the general idea that people always seem to disgaree on what is the "best" pizza. I also think that freshest mozzarella and freshest tomatos are not necessarily flavorful (unless you have a non-supermarker tomato to begin with), and if you want to taste a smoky crust unimpeded by other flavors, OK. I don't always need garlic or basil for flavor, but I feel like tomatoes or tomato sauce needs something more.

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                          intrepid May 10, 2009 02:14 PM

                          i agree w/you, i found the pizza lacking in flavor and taste but will give them another chance in a few weeks, see if things change, i hope they improve

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                            RawTunaFan May 10, 2009 02:27 PM

                            We finally drove by last night and there really wasnt too long of a line, so we thought we'd try this place. Overall, the pizza was pretty good, but something seems to be missing -- could it be garlic? In any event, can't wait to try it again- still not as good as Al' Antica in Scardsale. Just wish Al'Anitca had a nice piace to sit while eating pizza, since its really the type you need to eat fresh out of the oven!

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                              kaaaassss May 10, 2009 02:56 PM

                              Does anyone know if they are going to send the coupons for the free pizzas.

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                                Jon1856 May 10, 2009 05:07 PM

                                Kasss-You posted this once aready and thanked me for the answer.
                                Answer is on their web site, which is posted early on in this thread.

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                                  kaaaassss May 10, 2009 07:02 PM

                                  Sorry Jon. Sometimes I don't remember what I ate for breakfast. LOL

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                                    Jon1856 May 11, 2009 07:26 AM

                                    LOLPIPROTF-I understand that ALL TO WELL!
                                    Let me know when you get you ticket-I think I have three coming my way-meet up Hartsdale.

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                                      kaaaassss May 11, 2009 09:03 AM

                                      Will do....

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                                        kaaaassss May 11, 2009 07:11 PM

                                        Received an e-mail from them today saying they will be sendin out the coupons in batching starting with those that signed up first. I assume they should be coming to everyone who signed up shortly.

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                                          Jon1856 May 11, 2009 10:14 PM

                                          Well, you are ahead of me now. I may have to check my spam folder to see just what fell into it......

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                                            kaaaassss May 12, 2009 04:39 AM

                                            They replied to me because I sent them an e-mail after I posted my question on chowhound. I would post it here but I don't know if it would be deleted.

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                                              Jon1856 May 12, 2009 05:59 AM

                                              No need to. Between what you wrote and what is already on their web site, I can wait for it. I will keep an eye on spam folder.

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                                    Jon1856 May 21, 2009 10:01 AM

                                    I just received my e-coupon!!!

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                                      kaaaassss May 21, 2009 11:21 AM

                                      so did I. Have to use it by June 4th.

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                                        Jon1856 May 21, 2009 11:51 AM

                                        Have any lunch plans next week?

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                                          kaaaassss May 21, 2009 07:58 PM

                                          No

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                        intrepid May 17, 2009 03:51 AM

                        ate there recently again, second time, salads were good, had a veggie pizza, very good, also mushroom w/anchovy also very good. service very good i will go back for sure,

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                          VFresser May 18, 2009 09:36 AM

                          DH and I ate there this past Saturday -- -we were quite pleased and will go back. Details:
                          At 6:30 pm on a Saturday night place was packed -- lots of families, high noise level, lots of bustle. Not as relaxing as Villagio's, our usual neighborhood go-to Italian. But we did love the food -- we split an arugula/ goat cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette that was very fresh and had a nice balance of flavors, and then split a large pepperoni pizza - lovely thin crust, fresh tasting cheese and sauce, good quality pepperoni. We were very pleased -- and the prices were quite reasonable. The owner, Brad, came by and introduced himself. I told him I had signed up for the pizza coupon offer and he said they would be sending those out shortly -- had wanted to wait a bit while the restaurant got steady. We also chatted about CH -- he apparently takes our comments very seriously, and wanted me to know that these past few weeks they have been making adjustments in crust and toppings. This was our first time there so I can't speak to what changes may have occurred, but we liked what we got.

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                          Jon1856 May 18, 2009 08:59 PM

                          From LoHud-The Official Press Release:
                          http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009/05/18/more-info-on-frankie-fanuccis/
                          which includes prior places:
                          Other Restaurants

                          Il Fornetto – A 300-seat waterfront Italian restaurant. Established 1998. Location: 2902
                          Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn, NY (Sheepshead Bay) www.ilfornettorestaurant.com
                          Vesuvio Pizzeria & Restaurant – A New York style family-oriented pizzeria and Italian
                          restaurant. Established 1953. Location: 7305 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge
                          )www.vesuviobayridge.com

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                            VFresser May 19, 2009 11:57 AM

                            Interesting -- I looked at the Il fornetto menu and found the Caprino salad (arugula, pistachios and goat cheese w/ raspberry vinaigrette) that we had at Fand F.

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                              mary30 May 28, 2009 07:45 AM

                              Got my coupon so I'm all excited. But I'm wondering what else, besides pizza, is on the menu?

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                                Jon1856 May 28, 2009 08:38 AM

                                Somewhere above I posted about menu. IIRC at the time salads, some sandwiches,..

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                            jwg Jun 7, 2009 11:55 PM

                            I think you are being too hard on the restaurant. We ate there last night. Two different personal pies (one specialty pie and one sausage) plus the pear gorgonzola salad. The pies were tastey, and the salad was good. I am trying to figure out why the interior of the pie was much softer than the crunchy edge. The toppings weren't that high. Personally, I like the specialty pie selection at All Antica in Scarsdale, but some might consider their specialty pies too creative, although I prefer theirs. At F&F the pies are lightly sauced, but too much sauce would mean too drippy a piece. We welcome a new choice in the area, and will be back to look into other choices on the menu. Yes, the staff is young, but they are very nice, and quite accommodating.

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                              intrepid Jun 8, 2009 05:07 PM

                              ive been there about 6 times now, sometimes the pies hit me, sometime they miss me, salads I can take or leave i really want to like this place a lot, but they just cant get me there on a consistent basis staff is very nice, they try hard, theres lots of them, but service is nice, but onluy mediocre, i dont care much about that, i go for the pizza, and its hit and miss for me

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                              SundaySauce Jun 20, 2009 08:26 PM

                              My wife and I have been there 3x in the past few weeks. I am a royal pain the A$% when it comes to pizza and everything seems to pale in comparison to the pies we've eaten in Naples, Italy. But I tempered my expectations when we walked into F & F and you know what? It's good. Not drop dead great, but good, and when you take into context that it's in Westchester which I think is Death Valley for good pizza (have not been to Tarry Lodge yet and Zero Otto Nove, our favorite is technically Bronx), it certainly makes F & F stand out more. We wrote a little review on our blog, will flesh out more in the future.
                              Go with an open mind, don't expect it to be the Second Coming of piedom and you should be cool with it. On the night s we don't hit Zero Otto Nove, we'll be here.

                              Jonny & Nikki
                              http://www.sundaysauceny.com/

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                                intrepid Jun 21, 2009 04:27 AM

                                hello, your post is accurate imho we've eaten at F&F five times, Tarry lodge and zero otto nove many times, F&F is a "descent" option. we did TL just a few days ago, the pizza there is superior to F&F

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                                Jon1856 Aug 3, 2009 07:23 PM

                                While catching up with weekend papers, came across this in the Sunday Times:
                                Westchester Dining | Hartsdale
                                Keeping It Simple, With an Eye on Tradition
                                http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/nyr...

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                                  cubanat Aug 5, 2009 04:46 PM

                                  Went last night. Agree with intrepid. Although not bad it's just not that good. We had the meatball sliders, the baked clams, the clam pie and the spicey sausage & caramelized onion pie. The sliders were tasty but does making a small sandwich a slider make? The meat ball was ok but just average. the bread was ok but it was the size of a postage stamp and it was not needed or helpful except to dip into the nice plastic ramekin of marinara sauce that came with it. The ratio of bread to filling was way off. The clams were boring. The clam pie looked absolutley amazing and tasted absolutley horrid. Beyond sad especially since it looked so promising. The other pie however was delicious. The sausage was great & fennel-y but the onions were just baked raw onions and not carmelized in any way shape or form. Only other complaint was that the pies were to perefctly round. It gave me the impression that they use a form or premade dough (the taste of the dough was fine). The pizzas were to soggy though as is mentioned above in the times review (thanks Jon you are the link maven!)--after we left we discussed how soon this place will franchise and turn into a chain. It just had that antiseptic feel. Worth a try but not for a pilgramige like zero otto neve or tarry lodge.

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                                    intrepid Aug 5, 2009 06:06 PM

                                    hey, we just naturally kind of stopped going, food there is just, well not good enough for us, for pizza agreed, much better in in the area, with much better environs..

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                                      theAVE Aug 9, 2009 04:28 PM

                                      We tried this place and weren't terribly impressed. We actually found a pizza place in Scarsdale that was much better than this.

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                                        Jon1856 Aug 9, 2009 07:45 PM

                                        A shot into the dark theAve but would it be All' Antica in Scarsdale?
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542278

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                                  caitmeg10 Sep 4, 2009 06:51 PM

                                  I've eaten here several times, ordered the same pie and it has not been consistent. Last night my pie was down right soupy and the crust was tough and doughy.

                                  I really wanted this place to be great as Hartsdale could use a great place to fall into for a quick bite but sadly this is not it.

                                  I love the pear and gorgonzola salad but it's way too pricey and skimpy for what you get. Too bad.

                                  If they bring the price down a bit and get more consistent they may cut it. If not, they will suffer the Hartsdale curse and be gone.

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                                    intrepid Sep 4, 2009 07:05 PM

                                    lower price, make better food, and they may make it?? its like saying if the mets had more talent and a better manager they would win more games., in other words, this pizza place doesnt have what it takes..lololol enjoy put this pizza place in pencil

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                                    mrsdebdav Sep 5, 2009 10:04 PM

                                    Have eaten here many times. Agree with the various critiques. Here's how I deal: ask for extra sauce and extra basil, and request that your pie be cooked "well done." Sprinkle on salt and garlic powder to boost flavor and brighten the experience. This will yield a much tastier and better balanced pizza.

                                    NB: in the past, I had to bring my own garlic powder because the owner (not sure which F he is) disapproved of it (gimme a break). Over time I guess he realized the customer is queen. Excellent. He's amenable to suggestions, so bark up!

                                    This place is really sweet, has tons of potential and gets better all the time. Wine is well-chosen, inexpensive, and available by the quartino. Nice. Ingredients are fresh and a cut above.

                                    I have found it effective to talk to the wonderful waitstaff (Tara is the best!) if you have an idea to improve the F and F experience. I'm still hoping for wood grilled eggplant!

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                                      730reservations Sep 6, 2009 02:50 PM

                                      garlic powder?..........uhh......yeah......This thread is hilarious........F and F is busy....the food is acceptable and the price is right by local standards......even the detractors here have eaten there 3-5 times. Is it possible there is just some knit-picking going on........I feel like this place was never gonna get their due unless they delivered some unprecedented, I must be in italy experience. Lighten up folks.....its just bread, cheese and dough.

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                                        intrepid Sep 6, 2009 03:18 PM

                                        lololol yep ive eaten there 5-6 times, some good, many not so good, acceptable??? depends who is speaking..knit picking...uh i think for a specific site, about food, thats what goes on here...did many expect unprecedented food, i can speak for myself, i did not, i was hoping to have a good chow, that i enjoyed going back to time after time...this place is not that...so yea, lighten up come down off the cross, we need the wood...lolololo

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                                          jwg Sep 8, 2009 11:27 AM

                                          I agree. It's really quite good. Especially the salads. We had two different salads yesterday, and a sausage pie. The salads were excellent, especially the lemon salad dressing on the arugula salad. The pie was just fine. Tasty crunchy crust, and not too soggy in the middle.

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                                          SundaySauce Sep 18, 2009 01:23 PM

                                          I think we're all nit-picking here. Would I love it if I woke up one morning and found out that Da Michele or Trianon (Naples' two best pizzerias) opened in Westchester? Hell yeah!
                                          But we're dealing with reality, so I temper expectations. F&F delivers a decent pie which is elevated in stature due to the competition in lower Westchester. F&F is going to do just fine. They were very busy every time we've been there and the customer service was great. And the product is solid enough that it will cater to Edgemeont/Harstdale/Scarsdale/Ardlsey/East Yonkers - well heeled audience who won't balk at prices and 99% who aren't such pain in the a^# like we all are on this forum!. ; )

                                          BTW - do you guys like Antica? I may swing by there later and grab a sli.

                                          Jonny
                                          www.SundaySauceNY.com

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                                            PlasticMoonRain Sep 18, 2009 03:10 PM

                                            All Antica rocks. My favorite slices are the portabello mushroom and the chicken.

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                                              intrepid Sep 20, 2009 08:40 AM

                                              antica rocks indeed, buries F&F

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                                                surman Sep 20, 2009 04:01 PM

                                                Antica is very good. Recommend the prosciutto and roasted potato slice.

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                                                  jwg Sep 21, 2009 04:45 AM

                                                  Ditto

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                                                  rich51 Sep 21, 2009 04:51 PM

                                                  al antica is good primarily for their interesting toppings, prefer f&f for basic or traditional pie though and cassanova (sp) across the street i find to be very good for more traditional toppings, especially as some of the combo's are always available by slice, but a bit pricey when multiple toppings

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                                                    mrsdebdav Sep 21, 2009 07:22 PM

                                                    Had a pizza lunch last week at F and F. I'm done with the place. I LOVE the service, but my "pizza" was more like pizza soup. I mean, really, what's up with that? I ordered it well done. I did all I could to avoid the dreaded center soup situation. Totally unacceptable'
                                                    Mr F or Mr F = what gives? There was no fresh basil (I always order my pie with extra basil). Go up the street and buy some! And get on the stick with the soupy pie situation.

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                                                      giralda Sep 29, 2009 05:58 AM

                                                      I agree. We got the spicy sausage and onion pie and found the crust to be gummy/chewy. I hope they get better because the space is nice and the chicken panini was really good. But they should at least get the crust right before I go back. I'll stick to All Antica by the Scarsdale RR station.

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                                                        pizzacritic86 Oct 19, 2009 09:38 PM

                                                        I was there last week my pie was a plain one and a got a saggy, soupy as well also taste different than the beginning salads are good but pizza below average

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                                                          VFresser Nov 11, 2009 06:25 PM

                                                          The food here does not wow me either. Plus, there is something about this place that feels phony to me. Can't put my finger on it but it feels slick and packaged. I'd rather go to a longstanding local place like Villagio on Central Avenue in Hartsdale.

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                                                          valerie Sep 21, 2009 07:25 PM

                                                          I haven't been to F&F but the place across the street is Cassano's.

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                                                            surman Sep 21, 2009 08:46 PM

                                                            Across the street is Cassano's.

                                                      2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 17, 2010 04:37 AM

                                                        I finally got to try F&F's.... We got take-out, which I don't really recommend, since, as someone else mentioned, the pizza gets cold REALLY fast. However, despite the disadvantages of getting it to go, I liked it! My mom grumbled that it lacked the flavor of her late favorite, Totonno's in Yonkers (which I never really liked), and I can see where she's coming from that with that statement... the sauce needs a little kick... but I would return to F&F's faster than I would return to All'Antica, where I recently had the most horrible plain slice I've had almost anywhere. The fragrant basil, crisp crust, fresh mozz ... yum. No more take out though.

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                                                          anonymouse1935 Feb 17, 2010 05:05 AM

                                                          I agree with your mother, I like Totonno's, an often vilified place, too. 'Late', though? Are they gone?

                                                          Interesting on Al'Antica, they were all the darling not too long ago.

                                                          I still haven't found a pizza better than Pepe's.

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                                                            i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Feb 17, 2010 06:59 AM

                                                            According to her, it's closed, though I can't find confirmation of that online. I hope my bad slice at A ' A was a fluke. Gotta get to Pepe's!

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                                                              surman Feb 26, 2010 07:06 PM

                                                              Plain isn't AA's forte. Try the prosciutto and potato or another unique specialty slice.

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                                                            mrsdebdav Feb 27, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                            I had sworn off F and F after having one too many soupy pies. Returned a few months ago to see if things had improved. Happily, YES! I always order the margarita, well-done, and with extra sauce and basil. I sprinkle on some garlic powder. (Please - keep your ad hominem attacks at bay.) Pies have been really tasty, service is, as always, outstanding and friendly. I am delighted to add F and F back to my short list of local places.

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                                                              i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream May 5, 2010 05:38 PM

                                                              Just dined in at F&F's (as opposed to take out last time). I really like this place. The pizza was great hot out of the oven-- I agree it does lack a little "character" but no soupy pies for us. The tomato sauce is so fragrant. The person above who suggested asking for extra basil was spot on. Salads are nice too, and generous. What motivated me to post, though, was the dessert-- we shared a nutella pizza which was amazing!! Warm, sweet pizza dough slathered with Nutella and topped with stracciatella gelato... WOW. What a combination.

                                                            2. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jun 23, 2010 04:14 PM

                                                              nice review of F&F's on Serious Eats....

                                                              http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

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                                                                kdgchow Jul 24, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                Tried F&F last night with my wife - she had a margherita personal pie, I had the personal pie with sausage and onion. They were tasty, though I wish they weren't quite as sparing with the sauce. Also, the pizza MUST be eaten right out of the oven - as soon as it started cooling off, the crust became a bit rubbery.

                                                                Service was fine for a busy Friday night and I really like the look of the place. It looks and feels like a pizza parlor - and I mean that in the best possible way.

                                                                It's definitely one of the better pizzas you can get around southern Westchester, but the best pizza I've had so far is at Frank Pepe's in Yonkers. I know it's a different style of pizza than F&F, but the crust is the difference for me.

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                                                                  cubanat Aug 6, 2010 11:44 AM

                                                                  HOPEFULLY JUST A RUMOR BUT: could it be that these guys are opening up a location on Mamaroneck ave across from roasted peppers or the vicinity? Jeez what a hot spot Mamaroneck is becoming again. But now there will be the same amount of marginal pizza places as asian fusion!!

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                                                                    Spainsbeauty09 Aug 18, 2010 11:18 PM

                                                                    CUBANAT..... not a rumor! I've actually spoken to one of the owners and several of the staff at F&F and they are indeed opening in Mamaroneck! Best of luck to them... On a different note...i've noticed a change in the staff.. They are not as "perky" as they use to once be.... kind of disappointing as i used to love coming to this place because of their great food and excellent service.... could it be a change in management? Frankie, Fanucci, please bring back the good vibe!!!

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                                                                      i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Aug 19, 2010 04:41 AM

                                                                      I've never had anything but excellent service from the young waitstaff.

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                                                                        JohnAM Aug 19, 2010 07:50 AM

                                                                        From the Westchester County Business Journal:

                                                                        For Nagy, who’ll be opening another Frankie & Fanucci’s with his partner in Mamaroneck in October, it’s all about knowing the clientele and the times. The thin-crust pizzeria started as a higher-end place but segued to a popularly priced casual family eatery when the economy went south. The strategy is working. On a Friday night, the place is packed.

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                                                                          Bipster1 Sep 3, 2010 11:05 AM

                                                                          Ate there last night and was not impressed. Pizza was lukewarm and just bland. I'll take Frank Pepe's over F&F any day. Sorry but some of us do want pizza with a little grease and a dough that doesn't taste like cardboard.

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                                                                            joe b Oct 9, 2010 02:01 PM

                                                                            Your out of your mind that one of the top places for pizza with-in 50 miles. Frankie and Fanucci' s pizza exceeds all expectations.

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                                                                              moron66 Oct 9, 2010 05:09 PM

                                                                              hey joe exceeds all expectations your kiddin right that place is a glorified pizza hut

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                                                                                cubanat Oct 9, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                                                Ditto moron66---f & f is mediocre at best. maybe not pizza hut bad but just not good.

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                                                                                  lhodd Oct 27, 2010 07:52 AM

                                                                                  agreed, nothing special about this place, Lia's was better and before that the Hartsdale Pizza Shop was the best, those were the days....

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                                                                                  Pizzalover99 Oct 14, 2010 11:20 PM

                                                                                  very much agree with you folks. I was a patron of this place until a few days ago. I am so disappointed with this place since I've been coming to this place since they opened ( loved their meatball parm no cheese) but the inconsistencies and new management have driven me out!! So disappointed! Another cursed place, just a matter of time.

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                                                                                    joe b Nov 7, 2010 07:45 PM

                                                                                    Went to Fanucci's Sat night food was better than ever.

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