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Ferdinando's Focacceria

151 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 40.684119 -74.001937
at Hicks St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-855-1545 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Italian
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Mon-Thu, 11am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Carroll St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


Near the BQE, where Carroll Gardens meets Red Hook, sits a jewel of disappearing Brooklyn, a century-old restaurant specializing in authentic Sicilian dishes. This is the real old-fashioned deal: faded photos of Palermo and scenes of the owner with family and the famous, statues of St. Francis and the Virgin Mary, and a plastic prosciutto hanging above the kitchen door. Regulars favor arancina—massive rice balls crammed with spiced ground beef and peas, encased in bread crumbs, deep-fried a golden brown, and served plain or smothered in a crimson tomato sauce and velvety ricotta. A fluffy potato and ricotta focaccia and chick pea croquettes called panelle are hard-to-find Mediterranean comfort treats, but the vastedda, baked flat rolls stuffed with layers of funky calf spleen, ricotta and pecorino, are a real rarity. The triumph of owner Francesco Buffa’s menu is the classic pasta con sarde, spaghetti in a nut brown sauce of sautéed fennel, onions, pine nuts, raisins and sardines, pungent and evocative of seaside winters.

Recommended Dishes

Panelle, $4.80; focaccia, $6; arancina, $4; pasta con sarde, $19

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