Frank Falcinelli & Frank Castronovo are co-chefs and co-owners of Brooklyn based restaurant Frankies 457 Spuntino. We visited their campus and sat down for a lighting Q&A session, while sharing a pie from F&F Pizzeria.
TIME AFTER TIME
FF: wake up at 5ish. Float in hot water for an hour or so and hit the arc trainer or peleton for and hour and then float for another hour. Head up to Frankie’s campus and have my morning coffee and salsa verde for breakfast.
FC: Rise and shine 6ish. Stretch and move calisthenics routine--Variety coffee (chemex) read/listen to the NY times podcasts--Nutritional program (probiotics, greens, oils, vitamins) Listen to the Daily podcast on the commute to Frankies campus
Drink of choice
FF: champagne or white burgundy or champagne or Burgundy and some times sake
FC: Mostly delicious wine --Frankies olive oil Martini also hits the spot
FF: white Ralph Lauren crew neck t shirt . White Levi’s. Boat shoes or one of a dozen pairs of LUSSO CLOUDS Slippers and booties….but full disclosure frank and I only cook in cashmere. No joke. Last 25 years. Kitchen Us. Cashmere. Better than an apron or chefs jacket. Cashmere.
FC: 45RPM loose indigo slacks- james perse cotton & cashmere T-shirt, Loro Piana chuka. Cashmere-all year. Haven't taken the leret sweater out of sight since we met.
FOR THE TIME BEING
Book you’re reading
FF: New England before the mayflower and the Jon buscemi new bible from the folks at the Good Bible Company
FC: Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake,
FF: Spotify and radiooooo but that insta app that guy zuckersschmuck owns runs a close third
Last movie you saw
FF: a secret garden.
FC: the clove hitch killer
Place where you go to relax
FF: New York harbor or Selinunte.
FC: I am a beach bum by default--. these days the Hamptons.
Off-duty activity or hobby
FF: boat or build
FC: currently building a house so that’s all my time
Guilty pleasure to (wonderfully) waste your time
FF: painting and napping, the five hour Friday lunch at Le Bernadin that becomes dinner or all day at la pineta
FC: daydreaming on the beach
OF ALL TIME
Smartest advice ever received
FF: health is wealth
FC: moderation is key
Most inspiring trip
FF: Sicily Japan Peru Japan sicily
FC: So many favs: (Nepal, India)- (Australia, New Zealand) - (China, Japan) but if you add up all the times to Italy and Sicily I think that wins!
Best gift you ever got
FF: to spend so much time with my grandparents and parents
FC: 2 beautiful daughters
Most memorable meal:
FF: have we had that yet? That’s the dragon we chase our whole lives
FC: have had so many it's hard to say one: Lunch in my Grandparents garden, Etxebarri Spain, Noma copenhagen, Central Peru, Paul Bocuse Lyon, Le Bernadin NYC, this little tempura spot in Tokyo. Ardigna Sicily.
Three objects you think will stand the test of time
FF: a great copper pot, a first generation Cummins diesel and I’m guessing a Leret Leret Mongolian cashmere sweater
FC: watches and jewelry inherited, (you never actually own them you just look after them for the next generation). handmade cheese grater my great grandfather made from a can (nothing grates cheese better) my il Bissonte travel bag which has circumnavigated the globe a few times with me.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
FF: less stress and anxiety but really more f and f pizza
FC: global recovery from the pandemic and prosperity for all.
TIME WILL TELL
Ten years from now, you will
FF: hope to be happier and healthier every day
FC: be wiser
Invention or innovation you most want to see in the future
FF: the world peace wand, the anti hate app. Something. Anything to help this situation and make it cool
FC: something to change the course of our environmental direction.