Lil' Frankie's

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Italy's neighorhood pizzeria's are known as really casual places to hang out, meet friends, eat, drink and talk. Lil' Frankie's is just that. We offer real Neapolitan pizza, made exactly as it's made in Naples, fresh handmade pastas cooked to order, a wine and grappa list that rivals any in the city, and friendly (never pushy) service - all in a setting designed to make you feel at home.

Our brick, wood burning, oven was handcrafted by a 3rd generation Neapolitan oven builder, brick by brick. It features real lava from Vesuvio and through a unique double dome design, recycles heat to reach near 900 degrees.
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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience3

The service at Lil Frankie’s will always hold it back from being amazing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service1ambience3

service is absolutely terrible

JG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service staff have a hard time keeping up with big brunch crowds.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We were seated in the back corner of the restaurant, and our server only returned after we requested the bussing staff bring her over. Each time. For every drink order. While the people around us were being served regularly. I'm not sure what we did, since this began from the time we sat down, but the bad service alone warrants not returning.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience2

If you go with two people prepare to be sandwiched between other double tables!

JW
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Appetizer never came. Food came out at different times. Service not great. Person who ordered a salad for entree got his salad last. Won’t return nor recommend to others.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Heavenly food! Excellent service! Very cordial !!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant with very good pizza, the chocolate cake is delicious, the staff is friendly, the place is small but very cozy, I’ll definitely go back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience as always!

p
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is fantastic. Service was great. Space is limited so we were sat next to the kitchen area which was tight with the main walkway. Felt like we were in the way so it wasn’t as comfortable as other visits.

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Thank you (:

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The reservation was for 11 people. We were accommodated in a 8 people table. They put 10 chairs. The service was confused. One of the entrees did not arrive until the dinner was almost finished. Very noisy place, with the music in a high volume. But the food is excellent, really really good!

BB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My wife had the spaghetti and broccoli and did not care for it at all. Wish we had gone with the pizza which we had read positive reviews about but we had just had pizza the night before unfortunately

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

JUST AMAZING!!!!! From start to finish. With my husband and kids. We wanted something different than our usual! The food tasted like we were in Italy and the service was great. Can’t wait to come back!

F
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

in a word ROUGH. If your looking for an Instagram moment this is your place

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVE LIL FRANKIES. OUR SERVER WAS THE BEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. 5 STAR

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love lil Frankie’s! Great food! Gnocchi is the best and my girls loved the pizza, baby meatballs and calamari! Loud and energetic which was perfect with my 4 and 5.5 year old because when they were loud no one heard them! We go every time we are in nyc!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I called the reservation line to make sure they knew it was for a work dinner and they gave us he worst table. We couldn’t get in the chairs, had to move and then they put us by the kitchen dished and then after 2 hours they kicked us out. Never again

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Nothing fresh here. Even when it’s promoted on the menu. Over priced Italian food, bland as ever. Horrific. Couldn’t finish it. I’m assuming this is an after hour spot people who have been out all night drinking go to for a meal. End of story.

A
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service makes lil frankies and any of Frank Prisinzano spots worth the trip. Reminder, cash only. Prices are actually quite fair. Must try to the fire roasted eggplant for its simplicity and palate cleanser almost for the decadence of everything else you're going to enjoy.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Had the choice of squeezing in a booth with 6 people, or sitting right next to the pasta preparation area. Ending up sitting by the pasta preparation area and waiters were constantly squeezing behind us to grab the orders/there was a loud radio that the chefs were listening to. Also very unsightly to look at. Wish I could have had a better experience because I liked the food but the ambiance was terrible.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

R
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent surprise..!!! Understated and unexpected. The food is excellent, the best pizzas in town.

S
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

So disappointing. I was looking forward to eating here but would honestly never return. Our waiter acted as if he was doing us a favor by answering questions about the menu. The food arrived at different times and my husbands pasta meal arrived 20 minutes after the rest of ours. It was pasta , very quick to make. Our waiter never checked back with us and the restaurant is beyond noisy.
I told them it was my daughters birthday and they forgot to bring a dessert. Needless to say due to the very poor service and very underwhelming food I would not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Average experience

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

The lighting was too dim we could barely read the menu

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

A frequent visitor of lil Frankie’s I find that my most recent was a disappointing experience. While dining, I was asked to switch tables for a party that has arrived with more people than the reservation was initially made for. The host then informed they’ve been giving her trouble about the wait time. All of which has nothing to do with me and the person accompanying me. I did in fact agree to switch tables for sake for “saving face “ — not being “ that guy “, complicated, giving anyone a hard time.

Fact of the matter I too made a reservation, arrived with the exact party in which it was made for. Upon arriving a table wasn’t ready and I/we patiently waited. I was seated at the table in the middle of eating my meal to be interrupted based upon accommodations of another party, that’s unacceptable.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Terrific. It’s loud but, in some ways, that’s part of the charm. Great atmosphere at a fair price.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my birthday dinner here and had a super positive experience

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for my birthday! Not cheap but not expensive. wine bottles were more expensive than I had seen online before

MG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Was really looking forward to Lil’Frankies...After speaking to the very pleasant host we were seated in a really cool looking room; the whole place was very inviting and look terrific! Once our server arrived, by the way, she didn’t seem too excited to be there. She was barely attentive and barely made eye contact not very friendly. We asked about the shareability of salads and she indicated they were just individual sized, so my friend and I each ordered one. We should’ve known better as they are pretty pricey: $17+ Of course on arrival we realized that we could’ve shared one. The food was fine pretty uninspired but the thing that really prevents us from returning is the service. As previously mentioned the host was very friendly and the busboy was very attentive filling waters but the waitress seemed like she wanted to be somewhere else, which made me want to go elsewhere....

JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always fantastic! Food is tremendous. Space is a bit cramped, but worth it!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service was pretty bad. They claimed they didn’t have our reservation and open table messed up. They then sat us at a bar table where our waiter was the bartender and server (over booked) it took him forever to come by, he was super slow at bringing everything and out food came out at different times.

Would not recommend traveling to the east village for

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Lemon pasta isn't the best choice for people who like regular italian. It was too sour for my taste. Other than that, good wine and ambience

OT
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love lil frankie’s a local institution & never lets down.
Just remember to bring cash!

MC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints - brought family who was visiting and they also loved the food and ambiance.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always solid, always fast. Amazing wine offerings.

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