The Frankies—that is, owners and chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo—have a winning formula at their West Village restaurant: serve hearty not-necessarily-by-the-book Italian-inflected fare using local, organic, and humanely raised ingredients in a laid-back atmosphere. Most menu items change seasonally but expect pasta dishes like pappardelle with mushrooms and chestnuts, black spaghetti with mussels, cockels, and pistachios, sweet potato gnocchi with oxtail
ragu. The large menu also includes crostini, fresh salads, cured meats, and cheese plates. It's a casual, family friendly, neighborhood spot.