With three stars from Adam Platt and two stars from Pete Wells, plus cult (and critic) favourite Franny’s pizzeria as rowdy older sibling, it seems that new Italian trattoria Marco’s was always slated for huge success. In the Brooklyn space that formerly housed Franny’s (not to mention put Prospect Heights on Manhattanite radars), Marco’s has claimed a spot on Eater NY’s ‘heatmap’ for five months running – no small feat for a city where new restaurants are a dime a dozen.
Headed up by former Franny’s (and ex-Ducasse) chef Danny Amend, Marco’s is a dressed-down, low-lit affair of brick walls and hanging filament bulbs, with an unpretentious, rustic vibe reminiscent of an Italian taverna. The food only aids in building this atmosphere, with a list of seasonal dishes inspired by various Italian regions, like the ‘spiedino alla Romana’ (Roman sandwiches with melted mozzarella and anchovy), the Venetian-style stewed squid slow-cooked in white wine, and the traditionally Tuscan wood-grilled oysters with tomato confit. The wine list too reflects the diversity and individuality of the provinces, with bottles sourced from Piedmont to Tuscany to Sicily, while the cocktail list features a delectable ‘Italian Beginnings’ with Barolo Chinato, Campari and lemon. Cin cin to new beginnings, Marco’s!
295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
+1 718 230 0427