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Ferdinando's Focacceria Italiana Restaurant

151 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY - (718) 855-1545
Their specialty is the panelle, a fried chickpea fritter. These flat fritters have none of that falafel taste. The flavor is mild and beany. The preferred way to enjoy them is inside a Panelle Special, which is a freshly-baked sesame-topped semolina roll stacked with a sheaf of chickpea fritters, a big cloud of sweet and creamy ricotta, and a sprinkle of sharp cheese.
100% Approval Rating (4 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Highlighted Reviews

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Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Palermo street-snacks in Brooklyn! Yes, in the Italian neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Ferdinando's serves Sicilian specialties not commonly seen on this side of the Atlantic. Their specialty is the panelle, a fried chickpea fritter. If you're imagining falafel, ..."   [Read More]
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Tes Rivera
January 28, 2013
"Ferdinando's is the oldest Sicilian restaurant in New York City. A visit there is a trip back in time to when the the block served as waterfront marketplace to the docks, Carroll Gardens, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Union Street stretches through Grand Army ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

151 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 855-1545

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
A Panelle Special is a small sandwich filled with flat chickpea fritters, fresh ricotta, and sharp cheese.  These are more snack-sized, but two could make a meal.
"A Panelle Special is a small sandwich filled with flat chickpea fritters, fresh ricotta, and sharp cheese. These are more snack-sized, but two could make a meal."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Cut in half, you can see the layers of fritter on the bottom.  The creamy ricotta actually makes a stronger impression than the fritters.
"Cut in half, you can see the layers of fritter on the bottom. The creamy ricotta actually makes a stronger impression than the fritters."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


There is also a version made with a potato croquette, equally tempting.  The tide of ricotta is extraordinary.
"There is also a version made with a potato croquette, equally tempting. The tide of ricotta is extraordinary."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The short menu lists a treasure trove of Sicilian specialties we can't wait to try.  Click on the photo for a readable view.
"The short menu lists a treasure trove of Sicilian specialties we can't wait to try. Click on the photo for a readable view."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Carroll Gardens is not quite the Italian neighborhood it once was, but Ferdinando's remains from an earlier time.
"Carroll Gardens is not quite the Italian neighborhood it once was, but Ferdinando's remains from an earlier time."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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